One of England’s first state-funded Muslim secondary schools, the Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, has been taken over by the British government after one child died at the school and the school’s library was found to have books approving of men beating and raping their wives.
As The Times reports, the government started funding the school in 2001; the school was founded in 1988 and has over 700 students. Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspectors visited the school after one student, Mohammad Imaeel Ashraf, 9, collapsed there in March, later dying in a hospital.
Amanda Spielman, chief inspector at Ofsted, said an independent academy trust would run the schools. Last month, Ofsted inspectors gave the school an “inadequate” judgment, the lowest ranking, due to bullying, an unsupervised playground, bad teachers, pupils who were not safe enough and staff who were incompetent to handle medical emergencies.
Birmingham is the home of numerous Muslim schools; The Telegraph reported in 2014, “Investigations by The Telegraph, separate to and in parallel with the ‘Trojan Horse’ letter, reveal that there is indeed an organised group of Muslim teachers, education consultants, school governors and activists dedicated to furthering what one of them describes as an ‘Islamising agenda’ in Birmingham’s schools.”