The British government will reportedly be taking over England’s first state-funded Muslim secondary school after a number of issues, including the discovery of pro-rape and marital violence textbooks in the school’s library.
According to The Times, the call was made this week by the Department of Education and confirmed by school regulator Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman.
The outlet quotes Spielman as expressing particular displeasure with Al-Hijrah School in Burmingham’s decision to segregate students by gender.
“We have single-sex schools and I am not challenging that but the idea that you have a mixed school and yet you do not have social development, stimulation, all the things that come from mixing the sexes, makes me uncomfortable,” she said.
Ofsted’s inspection report, published in May, on Al-Hijrah argued that the school’s segregation is a violation of equality legislation – a claim the school continues to fight in court, at cost to taxpayers.
Should a ruling land in favor of Ofsted, The Times reports that “up to 20 faith schools that teach boys and girls separately will be reinspected and may have to change their arrangements.”
Al-Hijrah does have its own mini-buses, though, so those involved in the decision may wish to tread lightly. After all, everyone knows anti-Islamic behavior is to blame for terrorism.
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Segregation is just one of the many controversies plaguing Al-Hijrah.
As Breitbart reports, last summer, “books promoting domestic violence and marital rape” were found in Al-Hijrah’s library.
In March of this year, the outlet states, a 9-year-old boy died after suffering an allergic reaction which staff did not respond to properly.
Ofsted’s report slammed the school’s staff as unable to handle emergency situations.
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These issues, along with concerns about bullying, shite teaching and a chaotic playground, resulted in Al-Hijrah being given an “inadequate” rating by Ofsted – the lowest possible.
The Times reports that Birmingham city council and Al-Hijrah’s interim executive board are now working together with the Department of Education to find an academy sponsor who will take over operations at the troubled school.