AL-MADINHA SCHOOL UNDER OFSTED INVESTIGATION – Ofsted has announced that it will be sending inspectors to Al-Madinha School after allegations were made that teachers are forced to wear the Hijab and that boys and girls at the school are segregated.
A storm arose late last week as a whistleblower reported Al-Madinha School for demanding all female teachers, regardless of their religious beliefs, to wear the Muslim Hijab in order to cover their faces.
The shocking news also uncovered reports of how girls and boys are forced into segregation with the girls being made to sit at the back of the class and even take second place sitting at lunchtime.
These type of activities may happen in many Muslim countries but isn’t it about time that the British stood up and made Muslim’s fully aware that this is Britain and in Britain we do not segregate children nor do we insist on women covering their faces?
The Education Minister, Michael Gove, has now ordered Ofsted to immediately investigate Al-Madinah School and to uncover exactly what practices are in place.
Another insider also told reporters that often lessons were replaced with Islamic Prayer sessions where all children, regardless of their religious beliefs, were forced to attend and participate.
You might think that this report is of some school in the heart of Saudi Arabia or Iran but in fact is it in Derbyshire, United Kingdom – a country that promotes tolerance; even whilst many are intolerant.
Al-Madinah school is in fact a ‘free school’ that is it is not operated by the state; however all schools are required to operate under Ofsted rules and like most other ‘free schools’ Al-Madinah does receive state funding from the taxpayer.
According to some teachers the Al-Madinah school has become more radical in its move to teach and adhere to Muslim religious principles – a fact that many teachers feel is detrimental to the children’s overall ability to learn.
Some feel that whilst religious education has a place it should not be the dominating factor for educational studies and those children need a well-balanced and rounded educational curriculum in order to develop.
One teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that girls are made to sit at the back of the class like second-class citizens. They are also forced to wait for the boys to eat lunch before being allowed to go and eat.
Other questionable practices being used are the banning of stringed instruments, singing, reading fairy tales and using the word ‘pig’. These practices are considered unholy in the Koran and therefore must not be allowed to be practiced under any circumstances.
Due to the oppressive practices Andrew Cutts-McKay resigned last month as head teacher; he followed his deputy head, Suzanne Southerland, some two month later in protest over the practices the Muslim school board imposed.
Britain is already experiencing deep segregation in society, due to the divisions of religious and cultural beliefs. Some experts are suggesting that if schools, such as Al-Madinah, are allowed proliferate through British society this can only cause widening divisions – such divisions often result in violent clashes in the long term.
The Government must certainly make a stand and bar all such practices in schools for children should not be subjected to either segregation, made to feel like second-class citizens, or have religious studies force fed to them.
If we are to create and maintain a civilized and tolerant society in Britain then Muslims, along with all other ethnic groups, must be willing to understand that Britain is not an Islamic country and that it also does not prevent people from leaving in order to seek a life that is more attune to their religious or cultural practices.