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  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     OP - March 07, 2014, 11:43 PM

    http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/jihadist-plot-take-over-birmingham-6782881

    Quote
    An alleged plot by Islamic fundamentalists to take over Birmingham schools by ousting headteachers and staff through dirty tricks campaigns is being investigated by education chiefs.

    Once ousted, the Muslim fundamentalist group allegedly tries to install its own supporters in key positions to encourage the school to educate children on strict Islamic principles, including the segregation of boys and girls in some lessons.

    The alleged plot is said to involve recruiting Salafi parents and staff – hard-line followers of Islam – to help spread false allegations about school leaders, including claiming sex education is being promoted to Muslim schoolchildren or Christian prayers.

    “Whilst sometimes the practices we use may not seem the correct way to do things you must remember this is a ‘Jihad’ and as such all means possible to win the war is acceptable.’’

    They detail a five point guide for taking over a school and encourage rolling out Trojan Horse to Bradford and then Manchester, cities with rapidly growing Muslim populations.

  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #1 - March 08, 2014, 01:23 AM

    I've heard reports on a few people doing this. Needs to be national news. The more the spotlight is shined on them the better.

    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #2 - March 09, 2014, 01:50 PM

    God save us from your followers.
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #3 - March 09, 2014, 03:12 PM

     Cheesy

    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #4 - March 09, 2014, 07:51 PM

    campaign against Sikh headmaster after he refused to drop sex education classes

    http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/head-school-targeted-jihadist-plot-6789943

    "we can smell traitors and country haters"


    God is Love.
    Love is Blind. Stevie Wonder is blind. Therefore, Stevie Wonder is God.

  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #5 - March 09, 2014, 08:05 PM

    Play them at their own game. Take over Islamic schools and install atheist teachers. bunny

    Devious, treacherous, murderous, neanderthal, sub-human of the West. bunny
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #6 - March 09, 2014, 08:20 PM

    That would be racist...for some reason.

    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #7 - March 09, 2014, 08:24 PM

    Not if they're non-white atheist teachers. Afro

    Devious, treacherous, murderous, neanderthal, sub-human of the West. bunny
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #8 - March 10, 2014, 02:19 AM

    Citizen Classes = Un-Islamic

    speaks volumes

    According to the polls only 1.6 % of Americans are athiests. So what gives you the right to call the other 80% morons?'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #9 - March 10, 2014, 08:18 AM

    I remember my sister when she was at her heights of fundamentalism preventing her son from going on a school trip to a farm because there might be pigs there Smiley  she and her husband made an official complaint to the school Smiley  she laughs with embarrassment about it now...
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #10 - March 10, 2014, 09:55 AM

    Wow.

    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #11 - March 10, 2014, 10:35 AM

    I am so glad my fundamentalist salafi period ended before I had a kid.

    "The healthiest people I know are those who are the first to label themselves fucked up." - three
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #12 - March 10, 2014, 11:49 AM

    Quote
    Muslim school headmistress reveals she was driven out of job by fanatics who 'saw her as the enemy, because she was too moderate'

    The 69-year-old claimed she was victim of 'pernicious' smear campaign
    She added: 'This is a dangerous, well-organised and sinister group'
    Plot to spread Muslim extremism involved several schools in Birmingham
    Extremist Anwar al-Awlaki 'promoted' in assemblies at Park View School
    Regents Park Primary head teacher 'forced out by dirty tricks campaign'

    Former Saltley School head claimed she had no choice but to leave


    A Muslim headmistress told last night how she was driven out of her job by extremists bent on taking over state schools.


    Her school is one of 12 apparently targeted by Islamic fundamentalists in a plot dating back two decades.

    In a letter seen by the Mail, a fanatic brags about enlisting four radical parents to help oust her in 1993.

    She said: ‘I was the victim of a pernicious, well-orchestrated smear campaign I have never been able to recover from.

    ‘People need to know this is a dangerous, well-organised and sinister group who have the capacity to destroy. They are producing fear in society and playing on paranoia. They are extremely powerful.’

    The 69-year-old believes she was seen as an enemy because she was too moderate a Muslim. She was confronted with a number of allegations, including one of financial mismanagement.

    Despite protesting her innocence her dismissal followed in 1994.

    She added: ‘I was involved in a campaign so nasty that, since I lost the headship, I’ve never been able to raise my head above the parapet.

    ‘I was shocked to read this letter after 20 years and I am genuinely scared by it.’

    Details of the extraordinary plot, which have been referred to the police, emerged on Friday after the letter was passed to Birmingham Council and a number of newspapers.

    The unnamed author admits making false claims against several teachers in Birmingham in order to oust them.

    The document discusses extending the ‘jihad’ operation to Bradford and Manchester – cities with fast growing Muslim populations.

    The letter identifies specific schools as targets and names heads it claims to have ousted through dirty tricks campaigns, forged resignation letters and false allegations of cheating and financial irregularities.

    It claims the former head of Birmingham’s Regents Park Primary, Tina Ireland, was forced to resign after the group ‘planted the seed’ that she was encouraging pupils to cheat in exams.

    Another head, who is understood to have resigned following a plot to oust him, said he had been vindicated by exposure of the wider campaign, which the extremists called ‘Trojan Horse’.

    Balwant Bains, former headmaster of Saltley School, said: ‘I had to leave. I am trying to move away from a very horrible, horrible experience, and I am pleased that it has been exposed.’


    Another school – also named in the letter as a target – is alleged to have allowed extremist preachers into school assemblies.

    Governors at Park View Academy, whose pupils are almost all Muslim, apparently organised an ‘extended Islamic assembly’ for its Year 10 and 11 children with Sheikh Shady Al Suleiman, who has called on Allah to ‘destroy the enemies of Islam’ and to ‘prepare us for the jihad’.

    The academy was rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2012 and has been praised by the Prime Minister. But according to former staff, the Trojan Horse operation is taking hold.

    One said a senior teacher at the academy repeatedly endorsed the terrorist ideologue Anwar Al Awlaki at school assemblies.

    Awlaki, who was killed by a US drone strike in 2011, was a leading Al Qaeda recruiter.

    A former supply teacher at the school told the Mail she was forced to wear the head scarf at work against her will.

    Park View Academy, which is headed by Lindsey Clark, was given a snap Ofsted inspection this week after claims were raised of unfair treatment of non-Muslim staff.

    The chairman of governors, Tahir Alam, is referred to several times in the letter as being involved in the plot. But the senior activist in the Muslim Council of Britain and vice-chair of the Association of Muslim Schools said the letter was a ‘malicious fabrication’.


    Birmingham City Council has launched an investigation which is being monitored by police and the Department for Education.

    The Mail understands Education Secretary Michael Gove met the leader of the council last month to discuss the documents.

    The letter says: ‘We have caused a great amount of organised disruption in Birmingham and as a result we now have our own academies and are on our way to getting rid of more headteachers and taking over their schools.

    ‘Whilst sometimes the practices we use may not seem the correct way to do things you must remember this is a jihad.’



    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #13 - March 10, 2014, 11:52 AM

    campaign against Sikh headmaster after he refused to drop sex education classes

    http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/head-school-targeted-jihadist-plot-6789943

    Oh for fuck's sake...

    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #14 - March 10, 2014, 12:36 PM

    I've always wondered why all this conniving and plotting only ever seems to take place in the UK. I've lived in cities and countries with considerably more Muslims than there are in England and yet this kind of thing was unheard of.
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #15 - March 10, 2014, 12:48 PM

    I haven't heard about something like this in my country either, but I guess that the Muslim salafi community is much larger, organized, and "active" in the UK than in other countries. I've noticed that Hizb al tahrir and more radical and extremist groups of Salafism are more rampant in the UK than here in Sweden (even though we have them as well....). Or perhaps it could just be the fact that things like this get attention in the UK, while it goes unnoticed in other parts of Europe...

    "The healthiest people I know are those who are the first to label themselves fucked up." - three
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #16 - March 10, 2014, 12:59 PM

    I'd never heard of any of this either in the UK, i always presumed they were phasing out anything remotely religious from all cruuiculum, like we see in france.. Perhaps there's some sinister dirty cash dealings going on behind this ? Who knows


    peace
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #17 - March 10, 2014, 01:01 PM

    It isn't even an original tactic

    Quote
    The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Institute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Institute manifesto known as the Wedge Document,[1] which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to defeat materialism, naturalism, evolution, and "reverse the stifling materialist world view and replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions."[2] The strategy also aims to affirm God's reality.[3] Its goal is to change American culture by shaping public policy to reflect conservative Christian, namely evangelical Protestant, values.[4] The wedge metaphor is attributed to Phillip E. Johnson and depicts a metal wedge splitting a log to represent an aggressive public relations program to create an opening for the supernatural in the public’s understanding of science.[5]

    Intelligent design is the religious[6] belief that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not a naturalistic process such as natural selection. Implicit in the intelligent design doctrine is a redefining of science and how it is conducted (see theistic science). Wedge strategy proponents are opposed to materialism,[7][8][9] naturalism,[8][10] and evolution,[11][12][13][14] and have made the removal of each from how science is conducted and taught an explicit goal.[15][16] The strategy was originally brought to the public's attention when the Wedge Document was leaked on the Web. The Wedge strategy forms the governing basis of a wide range of Discovery Institute intelligent design campaigns.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge_strategy

    When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.


    A.A. Milne,

    "We cannot slaughter each other out of the human impasse"
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #18 - March 11, 2014, 09:09 PM

    Hey, looks like this whole letter may be a fake.

    The Times had an article today suggesting that the letter may not be all it is purported to be. Maybe its the BNP flinging mud?

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4029359.ece

    We should all know by now not to rush to conclusions until we have all the evidence.

    I am better than your god......and so are you.

    "Is the man who buys a magic rock, really more gullible than the man who buys an invisible magic rock?.......,...... At least the first guy has a rock!"
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #19 - March 11, 2014, 10:14 PM

    Very true. We should wait until all the facts are known before jumping to conclusions, especially on such a delicate topic
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #20 - March 11, 2014, 11:24 PM

    Terror plotter employed at school targeted by radicals

    Quote

    Extremist was jailed for involvement in cell that planned to behead British soldier

    Zahoor Iqbal, 36, used to work at Saltley School in Birmingham
    School was targeted by a 'Trojan Horse' plot to oust its Sikh headteacher

    Iqbal was jailed in 2008 for supplying funds and materials for terrorism
    His five-man cell planned to decapitate a Muslim soldier in the British Army


    -------------------------

    A state school allegedly infiltrated by Muslim  fundamentalists had on its staff an extremist who was jailed for his involvement in a terror cell which planned to behead a British soldier, it emerged yesterday.


    Zahoor Iqbal, 36, was arrested while working for Saltley School, Birmingham, as an attendance officer and ‘achievement mentor’.


    Saltley is one of several schools allegedly targeted for takeover by Islamic fanatics.


    A leaked letter, seemingly from one plotter to another, has revealed an extraordinary operation in Birmingham to oust head teachers who did not comply with ‘Islamic principles’.


    Yesterday, it was also claimed that Saltley’s head, Bulwant Bains, was forced to quit by bullying governors when he opposed the introduction of halal-only school dinners.


    A teaching assistant, who worked at Saltley School for ten years, also told yesterday that terrorism convict Iqbal was just one of several extremists at the school.


    She said a group of male teachers and governors who called themselves The Brotherhood sought to make Saltley ‘an Islamic school’.


    The woman, who worked there until 2012, said: ‘Everyone was intimidated by The Brotherhood. They were the ones really running the school. They excluded moderate Muslims from their group and would talk in Urdu to each other and to the children.

    ‘More non-Muslims left every year until there were hardly any left. The Brotherhood would criticise anyone who wasn’t as strict as them.


    ‘I heard one Muslim teacher call another “a Bounty” because they were supposedly brown on the outside and white on the inside. Even how staff dressed was moderated to fit their beliefs.’


    The source said she suspected Iqbal and other teachers took older pupils on ‘school trips’ to radicalise them.

    She said: ‘One teacher was suspended because he never kept records of where he was taking children. He would just take them away for weekends on his own.’


    Iqbal was jailed for seven years in 2008 for supplying equipment for terrorist acts and supplying money or property for use in terrorism.

    He was one of five men in a terrorist cell, led by Parviz Khan. Khan was outraged that Muslims were serving in the British Army and wanted to kidnap and behead one.

    Khan admitted the execution plot, although there was no suggestion that Iqbal was aware of it.


    Saltley’s head Mr Bains was ousted after opposing plans by governors to scrap sex education and allow only halal food. Friends said he faced  ‘bullying and intimidation’.


    The respected head, who is of Sikh origin, was also allegedly undermined when governors overturned his decision to expel a Muslim pupil found with a knife.


    The author of the leaked letter even admits targeting Mr Bains, writing: ‘At Saltley School we had a Sikh Head running a Muslim school.

    ‘This was perfect as we have been able to play the religion and India/Pakistan card and stirred up a real fuss about a Pakistani boy who had been excluded whilst an English boy had not.’


    The undated letter, which is believed to have been written sometime last year, continues: ‘Balwant Bains will soon be sacked and we will move in. This is all about causing the maximum amount of organized (sic) chaos and we have fine tuned this as part of Trojan Horse.’


    Birmingham City Council has launched an investigation which is being monitored by police and the Department for Education.


    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #21 - March 11, 2014, 11:41 PM

    The whole situation is murky. It seems that there have been tensions and frictions over religious issues at some schools. Its possible that some people, maybe far-rightists, may have sought to incite tensions by creating a hoax letter invoking jihadi rhetoric.

    It just shows how volatile things can be and as said caution is the best policy.

    "we can smell traitors and country haters"


    God is Love.
    Love is Blind. Stevie Wonder is blind. Therefore, Stevie Wonder is God.

  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #22 - March 11, 2014, 11:50 PM

    Balwant Bains, former headmaster of Saltley School, said: "I had to leave. I am trying to move away from a very horrible, horrible experience, and I am pleased that it has been exposed". There are others basically saying the same things. And I think I recall non muslim staff telling a similar story about that school in Derby that was in the news not to long ago.

    I'm just watching it unfold hoping against hope we get to grips with extremism. It's a fucking cancer.

    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #23 - March 11, 2014, 11:59 PM

    Or, it could be that the Trojan Horse plot was real AND the letter is fake.

    ie someone knew there was a plot to take over the school and had seen a real  letter outlining the tactics but couldn't prove it so made up a paraphrased version of  letter hoping that the can of worms would be opened and the plot exposed.

    Unlikely but it is a very slim possibility.

    I seem to remember an old b/w movie whereby the cops knew the suspects had done the murder based upon a witness overhearing a conversation but couldn't prove it, so the detective used actors and faked the conversation that actually did take place that the witness overheard but didn't record. When they played the faked tape to the killers they confessed. It was an old movie, and I seem to remember the conversation taking place by a coastal cliff, so the cops had to fake sea and seagull noises to make it sound real. Has anyone seen it? What was the film called?

    Ok Now I am spinning off into speculation land but don't rule out anything (except gods and supernature of course  Wink)

    I am better than your god......and so are you.

    "Is the man who buys a magic rock, really more gullible than the man who buys an invisible magic rock?.......,...... At least the first guy has a rock!"
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #24 - March 12, 2014, 12:05 AM

    the whole letter seems fishy to me.

    I wouldn't put it past some Salafis thinking they would like to be aggressive towards schools, or even doing it, but the letter just seems dodgy.

    "we can smell traitors and country haters"


    God is Love.
    Love is Blind. Stevie Wonder is blind. Therefore, Stevie Wonder is God.

  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #25 - March 12, 2014, 12:29 AM

    Hey we could go all Conspiracy Theory and say that it was a double-cross whereby the Fundies 'faked' a letter that was really based on fact, then released it to the public only to then later show how it was faked so that the BNP get accused of false accusations.......you could go on into an infinite regress........but I won't.

    I am better than your god......and so are you.

    "Is the man who buys a magic rock, really more gullible than the man who buys an invisible magic rock?.......,...... At least the first guy has a rock!"
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #26 - March 12, 2014, 01:33 AM

    I'm just watching it unfold hoping against hope we get to grips with extremism. It's a fucking cancer.


    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #27 - March 24, 2014, 12:32 AM

    Quote
    Birmingham state school being probed amid claims £70,000 was spent on playground speakers to call pupils to Islamic prayers

    The school claimed sum, but the equipment is worth far less, it is alleged
    It is at centre of a storm surrounding 'plot' to oust non-Muslim teachers
    Education chiefs are now investigating Park View Academy


    A state school at the centre of a row over an alleged plot to remove non-Muslim staff is under investigation after it was alleged it claimed £70,000 to pay for loudspeakers to call pupils to Islamic prayer.

    A whistleblower claimed Park View School, a secular academy with mostly Muslim pupils in Alum Rock, Birmingham, claimed the sum even though the cost of the equipment was far less.

    An investigation into the school has now been launched by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), an arm of the Department for Education (DfE), over misuse of funds, it was reported.

    Park View Academy, where Lindsey Clark is executive head, allegedly spent £70,00 on speakers to summon pupils to Islamic prayer

    A source familiar with the enquiry told the Sunday Times: 'The EFA has been provided with evidence to show that although £70,000 was claimed for the speakers, they actually cost much less than half that price.

    'What's especially strange is why the speakers, which were going to be used to call kids to prayer, were needed at a non-faith school. '

    Tahir Alam, chairman of the governors at the academy, said the loudspeakers were primarily for functions and performances, not, as suggested, for prayer.

    Kahlid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, wants education chiefs to replace the academy's governing bodies, expressing concern that the school has Islamic study sessions even though there are Sunni mosques nearby.

    Park View School in Birmingham, It is currently under investigation by the Department for Education

    A DfE spokesman said: 'Officials from the department are currently visiting Park View as part of ongoing monitoring following serious allegations made in relation to the school.

    'That investigation remains ongoing. Separately, Birmingham City Council's investigation into allegations made in relation to some local authority schools is also ongoing.

    'All schools are subject to a tough inspection framework and must meet the high standards and requirements rightly expected.

    'We will not hesitate to take firm action if these are not being met — in particular where we become aware of issues of concern in an academy we will move quickly to resolve these.

    There have been concerns about the Islamisation of state schools in Britain following widespread reports of a letter in the media that reportedly unveils a Muslim fundamentalist plot to take over some state schools.

    The document — entitled Operation Trojan Horse — originates in Birmingham and was leaked anonymously to a Sunday newspaper - although there has been speculation the letter is fake.

    It purports to outline a strategy of identifying schools in Muslim neighbourhoods, ridding them of non-Muslim heads and parachuting in strictly Islamic teachers and removing those who are not, as well as frightening Muslim parents into believing Western education is dangerous for their children.

    Park View is one of the schools mentioned. The letter says that Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester — cities with fast-growing Muslim populations - should lead the strategy: ‘We have an obligation to our children to fulfil our roles and ensure these schools are run on Islamic principles.’

    It declares that hard-line Muslim parents should be identified and turned against head-teachers who are ‘non-believers’.

    ‘The way to do this is to tell each parent that the school is corrupting their children with sex education, teaching about homosexuals, making their children pray Christian prayers and [taking part in] mixed swimming and sport.

    Park View Academy was visited by Ofsted this month in a surprise inspection after inspectors deemed leadership 'inaedquate'.

    A former employee at the academy is understood to have claimed that non-Muslim staff were being treated unfairly and that it was trying to teach Islamic studies.

    Concerns were also raised that girls were effectively excluded from after-school tennis because they could not be taught by male teachers.

    Headmistress Lindsey Clark told a newspaper last month that ‘the governing body have said it should be only female members of staff who taught the girls PE, particularly tennis, where you might have to put your arms across the body to show someone how to play a stroke’.

    ‘I did introduce an all-female madrasah for about eight students in the evenings,’ she added. ‘That is because there were concerns about children being hit in local madrasahs. It was a safeguarding



    `But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
     `Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: `we're all mad here. I'm mad.  You're mad.'
     `How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
     `You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
  • 'Jihadist plot to take over Birmingham schools'
     Reply #28 - March 24, 2014, 01:58 AM

    Quote
    Government intervenes at school 'taken over’ by Muslim radicals

    Secondary to be placed in special measures by Ofsted as parents and staff detail campaign of 'Islamisation’ in city

    The Birmingham school at the centre of an alleged campaign of “Islamisation” by Muslim radicals is to be placed in “special measures” by the Government’s education watchdog in a move that could see its head teacher and governors removed.

    Park View, previously rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, will be downgraded to “inadequate”, the lowest possible score, in the category of leadership and management, senior education sources said.

    This enables Ofsted to place the school in special measures, allowing the watchdog, if it wishes, to remove the school’s entire leadership.

    The move, described as “seismic” by senior educational sources, follows a highly unusual two Ofsted inspections in the past three weeks at the school, the alleged victim of a campaign by Islamists called a “Trojan Horse” to remove secular head teachers and install Islamic practices in Birmingham state schools.

    It will be embarrassing for the inspectorate and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, who previously hailed Park View as an example of educational excellence.

    The disclosure comes as parents and school governors and staff describe in detail how the campaign has destabilised and undermined successful schools.

    In extensive interviews with The Sunday Telegraph, more than a dozen sources disclosed how children at one supposedly non-religious primary school, Oldknow, were led in anti-Christian chanting by one of their teachers at assembly.

    The school also conducts weekly Friday prayers, has organised at least three school trips to Mecca subsidised from public funds, and requires all pupils to learn Arabic — almost unheard of at a primary school.

    It also runs its own madrassah, or religious school. Oldknow’s highly successful non-Muslim head teacher has been driven from her post for resisting this “Islamising agenda”, this newspaper has learnt.

    The head of another successful primary school, Springfield, received death threats, had his car tyres slashed and is under “non-stop attack” by radical governors, according to parents, other governors and staff at the school.

    Several sources said their schools had repeatedly appealed to Birmingham city council and the education inspectorate Ofsted for help, but were ignored.

    This newspaper has also established that one of the alleged leaders of the Trojan Horse plot, Tahir Alam, is an Ofsted inspector and is employed as a “specialist in school governance” by Birmingham city council. Mr Alam says the plot is a fabrication and denies any involvement.

    The council has downplayed the fundamentalist activity. Its leader, Sir Albert Bore, dismissed the allegations as “defamatory” and said there are “no serious flaws” in its management of schools.

    The Sunday Telegraph has learnt, however, that late last week, in a highly unusual move reflecting deep concern in Whitehall, at least a dozen officials from the Department for Education were sent to three of the schools allegedly targeted: Park View, Golden Hillock and Nansen Primary. All three state schools are run by Park View Education Trust, whose chairman is Mr Alam.

    The deputy head of Nansen, Razwan Faraz, the brother of a convicted terrorist, is the administrator of an organised group of teachers, governors and school consultants called “Educational Activists” dedicated to pursuing what Mr Faraz, in leaked messages, called an “Islamising agenda” in Birmingham schools.

    Nansen, like Oldknow, is one of the tiny number of primary schools in the country that teach compulsory Arabic to all pupils.

    “The DfE people are talking to the teachers and children and they are even photocopying exercise books,” said one teacher at Park View. “I have never heard of anything like this before.”

    The DfE confirmed that its officials were sent into Park View as part of an “ongoing investigation” into “serious allegations”. Ofsted also made a second inspection in just three weeks at Park View last Monday. Officials are expected to carry out a snap inspection of either Nansen or Golden Hillock tomorrow.

    The first Ofsted inspection of Park View, on March 5, was a brief “section 8” monitoring visit. However, it is understood that it uncovered sufficient concerns to trigger a full “section 5” inspection last week, more than three years before Park View’s next such inspection was due. “If a section 8 turns into a section 5, that is serious. It’s not looking good,” said one teacher.

    At its previous full inspection in 2012, Park View was rated “outstanding”. But senior educational sources said the latest inspection had dropped it to “inadequate” in one of four categories, leadership and management, which would trigger government intervention. The head teacher, Lindsey Clark, refused to confirm or deny this last night, saying: “The outcome of the report is confidential.”

    As this newspaper disclosed two weeks ago, a senior teacher at Park View praised the al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki at assemblies and used school facilities to copy Osama bin Laden DVDs. The senior teacher is a candidate to replace Mrs Clark, who is retiring. On November 28 the school hosted an extremist preacher, Shady al-Suleiman, at one of its Year 10 and 11 assemblies.

    At Oldknow, an academy primary in the Small Heath area, staff, parents and former staff said that the respected non-Muslim head teacher, Bhupinder Kondal, “walked out in tears” after being placed under “impossible pressure” by Achmad da Costa, the chairman of governors, a close colleague of Tahir Alam and a director with him of a group called the Muslim Parents’ Association. She is now bringing a case against the governors.

    Over nine years at Oldknow, Mrs Kondal took her school from “inadequate” to “outstanding” in the Ofsted rankings, a feat managed by only a handful of heads. But governors “brought in consultants who set her completely unachievable targets”, one member of staff said.

    “We were all told that she was off sick but it has now emerged that she has left,” the staff member added. Mrs Kondal is among four of the school’s six-strong senior management team who have left in the past six months.

    Last year Mr da Costa recruited a new deputy head, Jahangir Akbar, from a Muslim faith school in Leicester. Soon afterwards, Jahangir’s younger brother, Khalil, was recruited as assistant head. No other candidates were interviewed for either position and the assistant headship was not even advertised, staff said. Jahangir Akbar is another colleague of Tahir Alam’s and has worked with him in the Association of Muslim Schools, of which Mr Alam is vice-chairman.

    “Oldknow’s pupils are mostly but not entirely Muslim and it was always an equal-opportunity school,” said one former member of staff. “But then all of a sudden there were Jummah [Friday] prayers, and going to Saudi Arabia on government money, and the Arabic, and blatant belittling of Christianity.”

    Hardline teachers were recruited who would “sow the seed of religion in every lesson,” said one source. “Some of the teachers told pupils that music was sinful in Islam and the children started to refuse to do music, even though it is compulsory in the National Curriculum. It is incredibly difficult when your own colleagues undermine your efforts to give the children a balanced education.”

    Matters came to a head, three separate sources said, last December when all the normal Christmas activity, including a tree, cards and the pantomime, was cancelled because it was considered un-Islamic, and the school’s Arabic teacher, Asif Khan, delivered an assembly “ridiculing” Christian beliefs. “It was like a rally,” said one person present. “He was leading them in chants of, 'Do we believe in Christmas? No! Do we give out Christmas cards? No! The seven days of Christmas, they [Christians] can’t even count!’

    “The children have always enjoyed Christmas and their parents are fine with it too. Five staff complained and Mrs Kondal made him apologise, but the governors were furious with her and that was the end, really.”

    At another successful primary school nearby, Springfield, rated “good,” by Ofsted, the process appears less advanced but similar tactics are being used. The head teacher, Christopher Webb, is under “non-stop attack” by radical members of the governing body, teachers said. “Each meeting is two and a half hours of constant verbal attacks, criticism and cross-examination,” said one.

    At least one of the governors at Springfield, Nasim Awan, an Islamic bookshop owner, is a member of the “Educational Activists” group administered by Razwan Faraz. He boasted in leaked messages about the “battles” he had “fought and won” at a “large inner city primary school” which led to its governing body becoming “polarised on faith grounds”.

    Before Mr Awan joined Springfield’s governing body, false allegations of cheating in SATs were made against the school. “All the parents in Year 6 were texted with the allegations,” said another teacher. “What was most alarming is that their mobile numbers could only have been obtained by someone within the school.”

    A three-year row was also concocted about sex education, staff said. During this period, according to staff, Mr Webb’s car tyres were slashed and he and his family received anonymous death threats over the phone. There is no suggestion that Mr Awan, who was not a governor at that point, or any of the other activists were responsible. Sex education is not taught at the school and is given only on an “individual one-to-one basis” with direct parental consent, teachers said.

    Radical governors and some parents also put pressure on the school to cancel the annual nativity play, but this was fought off after Mr Webb enlisted the local imam in support, staff said. One member of staff was forced to remove a picture of Jesus from an Easter assembly on the grounds that images of a prophet were unacceptable.

    “Morale is low and we are struggling with the constant need to justify ourselves when there is nothing to justify,” said one staff member. “Things are getting worse but we are getting no support from the local education authority.”

    The acting head of Oldknow, Mr Akbar, would not confirm or deny any of the claims about his school last night. Mr Alam did not respond to repeated messages seeking comment. A spokesman for Birmingham council said it was committed to investigating the allegations.


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     Reply #29 - April 27, 2014, 11:20 PM

    http://www.channel4.com/news/education-religion-trojan-horse-muslim-birmingham-survey

    Interesting debate on TV.

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