It’s called the lack of political will.
The ‘extremist’ schools we can’t close: Four Muslim colleges ordered to shut down by the Government use the courts to defy ministers
- Schools were ordered to close following fears of extremism or pupil safety
- They continue to operate after launching legal appeals against closure
- One school allegedly taught girls that men are allowed to beat their wives
Blowing the whistle: Sara Adam says it made her feel a prisoner
Four Islamic schools ordered to close following fears over extremism or pupil safety continue to operate because the Government is powerless to shut them down, the Daily Mail can reveal.
One allegedly taught girls that men can beat their wives. Another distributed leaflets saying music is an ‘act of the devil’.
They could continue operating for months, if not years, after launching legal appeals against closure. The four fee-paying independent establishments include a girls’ boarding school, Jamia al-Hudaa in Nottingham, that was ordered to close last month after Ofsted found books in the library by individuals banned from entering Britain.
Ministers told the 237-pupil school it must close its boarding facilities immediately and stop accepting new pupils. But in a letter seen by the Mail, Jamia al-Hudaa defiantly told parents it will ‘take a stand’ against its closure and has launched a £300,000 appeal to fund its legal costs. Parents were told to ‘unite’ against the ‘biased and unfair’ Government.
One former student says she is disgusted that it can continue to operate, saying it was ‘like a prison’ where girls were isolated from the outside world. She says girls were taught they can be beaten and raped by their husbands, in order ‘to make Allah happy’ and that music is the voice of the devil.
A spokesman for the school claimed it is a victim of a ‘highly politicised agenda’ against Islamic schools across the UK.