Monday, October 07, 2013

UK Islamic School Forcing Hijab On teachers Is Shut Down

Remember Al-Madinah, the state-funded Islamic school that was forcing Muslim and non-Muslim teachers to wear the hijab, one of whom quit shortly thereafter? It was shut down last week, at least for now.

The school was shutdown abruptly on Wednesday after a visit by Ofsted’s team, the British official body for inspecting schools.

Undetailed “health and safety” reasons were cited by Ofsted as the reason behind closure.
“We can confirm that Ofsted is currently undertaking a two-day inspection of the Al-Madinah school in Derby,” it said, in a statement carried by The Guardian.

“As a result of findings that our inspectors have shared with the principal during the first day of the inspection, we understand that he has written to parents informing them that the school will be closed to children.

“We have also informed the Department for Education and the local authority of our initial findings. As the inspection is in progress, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The move comes less than two weeks after a teacher quit her job at the school, claiming that in addition to the headscarf rule, all girls were being made to sit at the back of classrooms, separate from male students, the newspaper added.

The school also seems to think that everyone, including non-Muslims, should aspire to Islamic principles.

The school’s online prospectus states that: “our school will be underpinned by the principles of the Islamic faith, which we believe to be universal principles that all should aspire to whether they are Muslims, of other faiths or none.”
Go for it, if you are a private school. Which they are not.

No doubt, it will reopen.

More here.

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