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London School of Islamics
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Association of Muslim Governors
There is a shortage of school governors and it is difficult to find a Muslim governor in a state schools. A campaign has started to recruit more and more Muslim governors. Association of Muslim governors was set up by the British establishment with the help of those Muslims who are not interested in Muslim schools.
The needs and demands of the all Muslim organisations are different from that of Muslim community. In 2003, there were only 53 Muslim schools and now there are more than 120 full-time Muslim schools and more are in the pipe line. Out of them 8 Muslim schools are state funded and three more have been approved for state funding. The silent majority of Muslim parents would like to send their children to Muslim schools. The evidence is the lengthy waiting lists in all Muslim schools. In my opinion, AOMG and MCB should campaign for more state funded Muslim schools rather than asking for more Muslim school governors. This is the need and demand of the majority of the silent Muslim parents who would like to see their children in Muslim schools with Muslim.
I think that Muslim governors in state schools are not going to bring any kind of change. I became the first Muslim governor in Newham in the 70s but left after three years. I was the only Muslim governors and I found it a waste of time. In the 90s, Stratford school in Newham was opted out by the board of governors from the LEA. Majority of governors were Muslims. Within a year there was a problem with the non-Muslim head teacher and the Secretary of State for Education dismissed all the governors and appointed its own governors. The head teacher took early retirement and was awarded round about two hundred and fifty thousands pounds as a reward of getting rid of Muslim governors
There are hundreds of state schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion, those schools should be designated as Muslim community schools with Muslim board of governors. I think MCB and AOMG should start campaigning for state funded Muslim schools with Muslim governors. I think it is waste of time what they have been doing. Sir Cyril Taylor has advised the British Establishment to close down all those state schools where Muslim pupils are in majority and should be replaced by Multi-faith schools. Again such schools are not going to satisfy the needs and demands of the Muslim pupils and parents. Muslim pupils are bilingual and not monolingual. Bilingualism should be encouraged and there is a need for bilingual education.