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Forum Muslim Schools 
Topic Derby Muslim School 
Author Iftikhar 
Date Created 26/10/2013 14:42:32 
Message In 1987, I was invited by a couple of Muslims from Derby for a lecture to set up an Islamic school. This means the Muslim community of Derby wanted a Muslim school for a long time. At last an Islamic free school was set up last year. Muslim community of Derby needs more than one school. There are couple of state and church schools where Muslim children are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be opted out as Muslim Academies. It is a crime against Humanity to send Muslim children to state schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers. Majority of parents were happy with the school because they find state and church schools are homes of institutional racism with non-Muslim teachers as chicken racist. They are not role model for their children during their developmental periods.

The school is in a mess right from very beginning by employing a non-Muslim head and a couple of non-Muslim female teachers. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. A non-Muslim teacher is not a role model for the Muslim children during their developmental period.

No other school / free school has been inspected with this rigour - the reality is because of the headscarf issue the school has been subject to a witch hunt! Not sure if Mr Williamson is aware there are schools under Derby City council in special measures also ? Maybe he does not read the local press? The truth is most MP's send their kids to private schools so it does not matter about state schools for them”

How can it be called a failed school when it has only been opened a year, when it has been open 5 years and students have completed their GCSE's that's when you can pass judgement. Maybe our local MP should look at some at schools under the LEA and the **** results they are producing before he goes asking for closures.

About the scarf issue - it is a Muslim school so what is a the biggy - I was made to wear a tie and a skirt (when boys could wear trousers) because it was school policy??? I do not recall any local MP trying to close our school down???”

“I cant see any thing about the cost to the tax payer of these so called free schools and if any of them do close where to the children go and how much it will cost. if they have to bring in trained teachers this is going to put more money on there budget and pay off the other staff. at a time when the government are saying there is no money to spare for fire fighters - teachers etc they rush head long into opening more of these schools it should stop now before more money is wasted”

There is no requirement for teaching staff to hold appropriate qualifications or have the necessary experience; there is no requirement to follow the national curriculum, which does work towards recognised qualifications, and there is limited governance over general operational standards.

You better teach your children in your own schools and let migrant communities teach their children according to their needs and demands. British Establishment and society should concentrate on the evils of their own society and stop trying to change the way of life of Muslims. Muslim community does not want to integrate with the British society, indulging in incivility, anti-social behaviour, drug and knife culture, binge drinking, teenage pregnancies and abortion. Prince Charles, while visiting the first grant maintained Muslim school in north London, said that the pupils would be the future ambassadors of Islam. But what about thousands of others, who attend state schools deemed to be "sink schools"? In education, there should be a choice and at present it is denied to the Muslim community. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I floated the idea of Muslim community schools, I was declared a "school hijacker" by an editorial in the Newham Recorder newspaper in east London. This clearly shows that the British media does not believe in choice and diversity in the field of education and has no respect for those who are different. Muslim schools, in spite of meagre resources, have excelled to a further extent this year, with couple of schools achieving 100% A-C grades for five or more GCSEs. They beat well resourced state and independent schools in Birmingham and Hackney. Muslim schools are doing better because a majority of the teachers are Muslim. The pupils are not exposed to the pressures of racism, multiculturalism and bullying.

There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.

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