The government has ordered the takeover of one of England’s first state-funded Muslim secondary schools, an institution where a child died and offensive books were found in the library.
The books stated that a husband can beat his wife and insist on having sex with her. They were found in the library of the Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, which became state-funded in 2001.
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector at Ofsted, the schools regulator, said Al-Hijrah would be taken over by an independent academy trust on the orders of the Department for Education.
Segregating boys and girls in a mixed-sex Muslim state school amounts to “a kind of apartheid”, the Court of Appeal heard on Tuesday. In the first case of its kind, Ofsted is challenging a High Court ruling clearing Al-Hijrah school … Continue reading