Sunday, July 16, 2017

UK: Ministers order takeover of Muslim school after it is branded unsafe


Amanda Spielman, chief inspector at Ofsted, the schools regulator, said Al-Hijrah would be taken over by an independent academy trust on the orders of the Department for Education.

Arshad Mohammed, headteacher of Al Hijrah School in Birmingham
Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: The Sunday Times
By Sian Griffiths | July 16, 2017

The government has ordered the takeover of one of England’s first state-funded Muslim secondary schools, an institution where a child died and offensive books were found in the library.

The books stated that a husband can beat his wife and insist on having sex with her. They were found in the library of the Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, which became state-funded in 2001.

Amanda Spielman, chief inspector at Ofsted, the schools regulator, said Al-Hijrah would be taken over by an independent academy trust on the orders of the Department for Education.

The move follows a damning report by Ofsted inspectors who visited the school, which has about 750 pupils, after Mohammad Imaeel Ashraf, 9, collapsed there in March. He was taken to hospital but died.


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