Thursday, January 21, 2016

Londonistan Muslim High School School Fails Inspection When "Extremist" Books Are Found in Its Library

The school failed when the inspection turned up three books which
promote the inequality of women and punishments, including stoning to death, which are illegal in Britain and which do not reflect the school’s ethos of tolerance and integration.
Furthermore, there was a concern that
‘Staff have not been sufficiently vigilant about the availability of inappropriate texts in the library or sufficiently aware of the potential for unwittingly promoting extreme views.’
Er, have inspectors read the Koran/Quran? If that book passes muster, why don't the others?

Update: This statement re the failure appears on the school's website:
Jamiatul Ummah is committed to offer a broad and balanced curriculum within the Islamic ethos. Our students have never been taught or exposed to ideas which would encourage them to disregard the laws of England and Wales.

Our position in respect to extremism is very clear; we condemn all forms of extremism unequivocally and this is recognised by Ofsted.

‘The policy is very clear about the school’s commitment to provide a curriculum that will produce good role models in society; the essential knowledge that students need to be educated citizens in democratic Britain; and promote an awareness of and respect for a diversity of cultures, values, beliefs and abilities’.

Furthermore, Ofsted continues,

‘Inspectors found no evidence to support the promotion of extremist views or radicalisation of students or staff. To the contrary, the students and staff present well-informed and positive views about the role of British Muslims and their responsibilities within the local community’.

We recognise the concerns raised by Ofsted in respect of three books in the library, however, as Ofsted rightly noted, the library is locked and current students have no access to it. Ofsted also recognised that the content of these books, ‘do not reflect the schools ethos of tolerance and integration’. Nevertheless, we are taking steps, and are at present auditing all materials in the library and those available within the school.

Jamitaul Ummah is a high performing school, and has consistently been at the top of the Tower Hamlets league table. The mosque is not part of the school and our students have separate provisions for performing prayers. We are managed by an independent board of governors, and cannot therefore possibly comment on which speakers may have been invited by and have attended the mosque.
In other words, there's a "separation of mosque and school"? Good to know (but hard to believe).

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