Hit squads 'target school fanatics'

Halstead Gazette: Education Secretary Michael Gove is said to be sending hit squads into schools to target Islamic hardliners Education Secretary Michael Gove is said to be sending hit squads into schools to target Islamic hardliners

Education hit squads are being sent into schools to root out conservative Islamic practices, according to reports.

Michael Gove wants inspectors to fail schools where religion is "getting in the way of learning and a balanced curriculum", The Sunday Times said.

Under the plans headteachers and governing bodies could be replaced by teams chosen by Whitehall officials.

"Extreme religious conservatism often acts as an entry to later problems," a Department for Education source told The Sunday Times.

"A child who is brought up, age eight, nine, 10, believing that you should segregate the sexes and hand out Islamic textbooks is more likely to be radicalised in later life.

"In our view female staff being bullied in schools and segregated assemblies are very serious matters."

It follows a pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this month that sw ift action would be taken against any school found to be ''run by extremists'' as investigations began into an alleged ''Trojan Horse'' plot by Muslim hardliners to seize control of schools in Birmingham.

Park View Academy - one of several schools at the centre of the claims - has dismissed allegations of forced segregation and promotion of al Qaida as an anti-Islam ''witch hunt'' and insisted there was ''no evidence for any of these things whatsoever''.

Birmingham City Council, the Department for Education and Ofsted have been to a number of schools in the city as part of the probe, initially prompted by a letter claiming responsibility for ''disrupting'' the leadership of several institutions.

If enough of them are judged to be "inadequate" the Education Secretary wants a wave of new investigations to be launched across state and private schools, according to the newspaper.

"The investigations will be done over several phases over the next few months and will help narrow down the schools that require further investigation by the DfE and those that are deemed OK and not connected to the Islamicisation," a Whitehall source told the newspaper.

A DfE spokesman said: " The allegations made in relation to some schools in Birmingham are very serious and we are investigating all evidence put to us in conjunction with Ofsted, Birmingham City Council and the police. It is absolutely vital these investigations are carried out impartially, without pre-judgment. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

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12:44pm Sun 13 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Twelve Schools in Birmingham where Islamists have infiltrated to spread the HATE of our Country and people.

How many times does this Government and most of the British people need telling, we live by a Christian and Democratic based laws, yet it's well known that Islam and it's followers only follow the Qu'ran, their loyalty is Islam first every time, they will and are trying every day to MAKE our Country Sharia Compliant, they have 1600 Mosques in our Country and growing, Sharia Courts, Sharia Banks they have Imams from Saudi Arabia that teach Jihad, to hate the non believers THAT'S US, they still come here, Moderate Muslims DON'T exist, they will fall into the Radical way when threatened by their leaders as they do in other Countries where Muslims are trying to have their Islamic State.

Do we ever HEAR the so called moderate Muslim in the media saying they don't like the Imams and Radicals coming here, NO, don't be fooled by the PC Laws their there to stop us debating this and many more Foreign threats to OUR Country, ignore it at our peril....and please don't come up with the racist crap, because Religion is not a race, and anyway I don't give a "scubby do", I am a British Native along with millions of others, no matter what colour who want our Country to be as was, British and Democratic....
Twelve Schools in Birmingham where Islamists have infiltrated to spread the HATE of our Country and people. How many times does this Government and most of the British people need telling, we live by a Christian and Democratic based laws, yet it's well known that Islam and it's followers only follow the Qu'ran, their loyalty is Islam first every time, they will and are trying every day to MAKE our Country Sharia Compliant, they have 1600 Mosques in our Country and growing, Sharia Courts, Sharia Banks they have Imams from Saudi Arabia that teach Jihad, to hate the non believers THAT'S US, they still come here, Moderate Muslims DON'T exist, they will fall into the Radical way when threatened by their leaders as they do in other Countries where Muslims are trying to have their Islamic State. Do we ever HEAR the so called moderate Muslim in the media saying they don't like the Imams and Radicals coming here, NO, don't be fooled by the PC Laws their there to stop us debating this and many more Foreign threats to OUR Country, ignore it at our peril....and please don't come up with the racist crap, because Religion is not a race, and anyway I don't give a "scubby do", I am a British Native along with millions of others, no matter what colour who want our Country to be as was, British and Democratic.... welshmen
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6:59pm Sun 13 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

Quote from the article...

.........It follows a pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this month that swift action would be taken against any school found to be ''run by extremists'' as investigations began into an alleged ''Trojan Horse'' plot by Muslim hardliners to seize control of schools in Birmingham........


We do not need 'swift action' we DO need action to prevent ANY religion being used as a basis for education, no matter what that religion happens to be.

A school is a place where children are communalised for the purpose of being educated, not indoctrinated by religious nutters. School HAS to be totally secular, and all these comments about special hit squads etc, are a diversionary tactic to steer us away from the FACT that religion, itself nothing but fantasy, and as such has no relevance to education.
If people wish to engage in religious belief and practices, they should do so at home, or at places specialised for the purpose, church, chapel, synagogue, and mosque.

Whatever people want is their option, it is or should not be, the option of the taxpayer to fund. That said, education is so important to whatever people get up to when they leave education, it should be illegal to bring any sort of religiousness into education or establishments where education is the foundation of that establishment.

In other words,, there should be NO religious schools at all. Never mind weeding out unacceptable practice, simply closed won all schools which are religiously based, and make it a criminal offence to engage in such practices.
Quote from the article... .........It follows a pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this month that swift action would be taken against any school found to be ''run by extremists'' as investigations began into an alleged ''Trojan Horse'' plot by Muslim hardliners to seize control of schools in Birmingham........ We do not need 'swift action' we DO need action to prevent ANY religion being used as a basis for education, no matter what that religion happens to be. A school is a place where children are communalised for the purpose of being educated, not indoctrinated by religious nutters. School HAS to be totally secular, and all these comments about special hit squads etc, are a diversionary tactic to steer us away from the FACT that religion, itself nothing but fantasy, and as such has no relevance to education. If people wish to engage in religious belief and practices, they should do so at home, or at places specialised for the purpose, church, chapel, synagogue, and mosque. Whatever people want is their option, it is or should not be, the option of the taxpayer to fund. That said, education is so important to whatever people get up to when they leave education, it should be illegal to bring any sort of religiousness into education or establishments where education is the foundation of that establishment. In other words,, there should be NO religious schools at all. Never mind weeding out unacceptable practice, simply closed won all schools which are religiously based, and make it a criminal offence to engage in such practices. varteg1
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11:49am Mon 14 Apr 14

Chippy70 says...

Well said Varteg1 , I also believe some of these schools are being used as muslim prayer centres for after school prayers.. Should this be allowed on state school premises? If I wanted to use our local school as a church I am pretty sure I would be told where to go. In effect they are turning our schools into mosques.
Well said Varteg1 , I also believe some of these schools are being used as muslim prayer centres for after school prayers.. Should this be allowed on state school premises? If I wanted to use our local school as a church I am pretty sure I would be told where to go. In effect they are turning our schools into mosques. Chippy70
  • Score: 1
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