A Danish school was criticised on Wednesday for limiting the number of students from ethnic minorities in some of its classes, in a bid to prevent students from a Danish background from leaving it.

The Langkær upper secondary school outside the city of Aarhus said its first-year students had been divided into seven different classes, out of which three classes had a 50 percent limit on the number of ethnic minority students.

The remaining four classes consisted only of students from an immigrant background.

The school's headmaster, Yago Bundgaard, denied allegations that the practice amounted to discrimination and said that the aim was to encourage integration by preventing a dwindling number of ethnic Danes from leaving the school.

"For real integration to take place in a class there has to be sufficient numbers from both groups for it to happen," he told public broadcaster DR.

The school had seen the number of ethnic minority students rise from 25 percent in 2007 to 80 percent of this year's first-year students.

Describing it as "the least bad solution", Bundgaard said that the ethnic minority students had been picked based on whether they had "a Danish-sounding name", but admitted that it was a "fluid" distinction.
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