You’ll Want To Read About Muslim School Where Books Said Husbands Could Beat Wives And Force Them For Sex
The government has ordered the takeover of one of England’s first state-funded Muslim secondary schools, an institution where a child died and offensive books were found in the library.
The books stated that a husband can beat his wife and force them to have sex with her. They were found in the library of the Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, which became state-funded in 2001.
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector at Ofsted, the schools regulator, said Al-Hijrah would be taken over by an independent academy trust on the orders of the Department for Education.
A June report said the school was “inadequate”, saying pupils were not “sufficiently” safe and staff were not prepared for medical emergencies.
The school is currently embroiled in a long legal battle to allow it to segregate girls and boys.
The Sunday Times quoted Spielman as saying: “I am deeply concerned about the idea that total segregation of children within a mixed school is acceptable.”
In November, the High Court ruled that Ofsted inspectors were wrong to punish the school on the basis of the “erroneous” assumption that segregation amounted to unlawful discrimination.
The judge said: “There is no evidence in this case that segregation particularly disadvantages women.”
But Ofsted is appealing the decision and a Court of Appeal has been asked to give a final ruling on the issue.