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Should primary school pupils be taught about female genital mutilation.

Should primary school pupils be taught about female genital mutilation.

Primary schools in England should start teaching pupils about female genital mutilation when a new curriculum is introduced next year, campaigners say.

Secondary school pupils are to be taught about FGM from 2020.

But experts fear that for some vulnerable girls these lessons will come too late.

Most girls who are subjected to the mutilation undergo the practice - often abroad - before they are 10, according to the National FGM Centre.

The process, which involves removing a female's external genitalia, was banned in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2003, and Scotland in 2005, but persists in some communities.

Earlier this year, England saw its first successful prosecution of an FGM case, which involved a three-year-old girl mutilated by her mother.

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