“All three schools have been approved by education watchdog Ofsted, which inspects private faith schools to ensure they prepare pupils for life in modern Britain and ‘promote tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions’.”
But, of course. The burden of “tolerance and harmony” is never to be evenly shared, nor efforts reciprocated. British society is simply meant to change to accommodate populations with values antithetical to its own, based on the article of faith that multicultural “change” will necessarily be good.
That was the reasoning behind the Labour Party’s agenda, revealed in this story, to engineer immigration policy to transform Britain into a “truly multicultural” society: what could possibly go wrong?
At least one of the schools in question is involved in a shell game of its own, insisting that “if parents are approached by the Education Department regarding their child’s education, they should not disclose any information without discussing it with the committee.”
But the fact remains that, with at least three schools operating this way, the watchdog group fell grievously short of its mission, perhaps not asking enough questions, demanding straight answers, or being unwilling to hold the schools accountable for whatever fear of causing offense.
More on this story. “The British Muslim schools where EVERY pupil is forced to to wear the veil – and Ofsted inspectors have approved them,” by Laura Clark for the Daily Mail, October 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):
At least three Muslim faith schools are forcing girls as young as 11 to wear face-covering veils with the blessing of Ofsted inspectors, it emerged yesterday.
One of the schools insists that fees are paid in cash and warns parents against speaking to the local education authority.
All three schools have been approved by education watchdog Ofsted, which inspects private faith schools to ensure they prepare pupils for life in modern Britain and ‘promote tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions’.
The schools’ dress codes yesterday provoked anger among Mainstream Muslims, who warned that pupils were in danger of being ‘brainwashed’.
The three schools causing concern were Madani Girls’ School in Tower Hamlets, East London, Jamea Al Kauthar, in Lancaster and Jameah Girls’ Academy in Leicester.
All three are independent, fee-paying, single-sex schools catering for girls aged 11 to 18.
They insist that when girls are travelling to and from school they wear the niqab, a face veil leaving the eyes exposed, or the head-to-toe burka, which covers the eyes with a mesh screen. […]
Just what every 11-year-old needs.
The admission application form warns that girls will be ‘appropriately punished’ for failing to wear the correct uniform.
Madani, which charges fees of Â£1,900-a-year, also says on its website: ‘All payments should be made in cash. We do not accept cheques.’
Its school rules state: ‘If parents are approached by the Education Department regarding their child’s education, they should not disclose any information without discussing it with the committee.’
Ofsted’s 2008 assessment gives the school a ‘satisfactory’ rating and makes no mention of the uniform code or warning to parents.
The 260-pupil school was at the centre of a separate row in 2008 when Conservative councillors accused Labour-controlled Tower Hamlets Council of subsidising Madani school by allowing the school to buy its premises for Â£320,000 below market value.
The council sold the Victorian building to Madani’s trustees for Â£1.33million even though a valuation at the time said it was worth Â£1.65 million.
Tower Hamlets said the agreed price of Â£1.33million was market value in 2004 and the sale was delayed to allow the school to raise funds.
At Jamea Al Kauthar – rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted earlier this year – rules which appear on its website state: ‘Black Jubbah [smock-like outer garment] and dopatta [shawl] is compulsory as well as purdah [veil] when leaving and returning to Jamea. Scarves are strictly not permitted.’
The website also lists a wide range of banned items, including family photographs, and warns: ‘Students must not cut their hair, nor remove hair from between their eyebrows. Doing so will lead to suspention (sic).’
Jameah Girls’ Academy, which charges Â£1,750 a year for primary-age pupils and Â£1,850 for secondary, was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in 2007.
It states in its rules: ‘Uniform, as set out in the pupil/parent handbook, which comprises of headscarf and habaya for all pupils, and niqab for girls attending the secondary years, to be worn during journeys to and from The Academy.’…