Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Islamic School students 'won't miss out' on schooling despite closure

PUPILS at a Birmingham Islamic school at the centre of a documentary row will not miss out on their education, despite the school shutting its doors until March.

Darul Islamic High School in Small Heath will be closed from today until next month amid safety fears over an investigation which filmed a hate-filled speech to pupils. The Dispatches documentary, Lessons in Hatred and Violence, which aired on Channel 4 last night, showed a preacher making remarks about Hindus and ranting: “Disbelievers are the worst creatures”.

But teachers at the school insisted it was an “isolated incident” involving a 17-year-old senior student talking to pupils and said the teenager was expelled last August.

Teacher Sayed Islam said the half-term break was moved forward by a week after meetings with police.


Mr Islam said: “We have brought half term forward but cancelled a week of leave in June.”

A spokesman for Channel 4 defended the programme, saying the comments made in the film “speak for themselves”.

The spokesman said: “Our investigation exposed numerous adults in positions of authority at the school on many different occasions teaching pupils as young as 11 years of age contempt for other religions and wider society.

"These include speakers, teachers, senior teachers and visiting ‘Maulanas’. The school continues to fail to respond to address these issues.

“The programme clearly raises concerns about those in positions of responsibility in these schools – not the pupils who attend.”

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