Tuesday, February 06, 2007 

Scum-watch: It's a laugh riot!

There is a serious side to the story mentioned in today's Scum leader, so before we get to the humour, we may as well look into it a little more. Colin Cook, a teacher who was sacked for misconduct from the King Fahd school in Acton (The Telegraph report (see below) mentions a website for the school, but Google fails to find it) has claimed that the books the children are taught from are racist, and that the school itself is promoting Wahhabism. Here's the Grauniad report:

A Saudi-run school in London uses textbooks which describe Jews as monkeys and Christians as pigs, according to papers filed with an employment tribunal by a former teacher.

Teaching materials used at the King Fahd school in Acton, west London, translated from Arabic for an unfair dismissal claim against the school, say Jews "engage in witchcraft and sorcery and obey Satan", and invite pupils to "name some repugnant characteristics of Jews" and to give examples of worthless religions, such as Judaism and Christianity.

Colin Cook, 57, a British convert to Islam who taught English at the school for 19 years until he was dismissed last December, said pupils had been heard saying they wanted to kill Americans, that 9/11 was good, and that Osama bin Laden was a hero. He is claiming £100,000 compensation for unfair dismissal, race discrimination and victimisation.

The school was originally set up to educate the children of Arab diplomats, but most of its 750 pupils are now British Muslims. It teaches Wahhabism, the dominant faith in Saudi Arabia, which is an extreme form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Qur'an.

Mr Cook's solicitor, Lawrence Davies, said he was taking the "extraordinary step" of issuing a statement because British pupils were being put at risk. "We are concerned at the fact that these racist textbooks are being taught in a Saudi-funded school to British pupils and to date no school inspection by Ofsted has identified this appalling practice."

The teacher, who earned £35,000 a year, says he blew the whistle to Edexcel, the examinations body, after children were allowed to refer to their annotated texts in an English language exam in breach of the rules. The school denies his allegations and claims he was rightly dismissed for misconduct. His tribunal hearing is expected to be held later this year.

It is of course worth wondering why Mr Cook didn't feel the need to raise this issue before he was sacked, but his allegations do deserve further investigation. If found true, the school needs urgent reform, if not closure. It is also worth questioning though how Ofsted appears to have missed all of this going on in their midst.

Ofsted inspected the school in March last year, and produced a middling report on the school. Its main findings were:

King Fahad Academy is a satisfactory school with some good features and some that do not completely meet regulatory requirements. Its curriculum, although in a state of change, provides its pupils with a balanced education and opportunities to develop their intellect and skills. The quality of teaching is mostly good, and, in each school, there is a trend towards improved quality with increasing ages of pupils. Pupils’ achievement and progress reflect the quality of the teaching. The rapid changes to the curriculum have been introduced to bring it more in line with the needs of all its pupils. The introduction of the International Baccalaureate curriculum has required a change in the languages used for teaching and learning. These developments have been accompanied by major changes in staffing, along with disruptions of administration and of the timetable. This has led to concerns in the last year amongst pupils and parents. The school has sought to improve communication and the provision of information for parents. It sets a high priority on pupils’ welfare, health and safety.

The report does however particularly praise the school's work on citizenship, which rather goes against some of the allegations made by Cook:

The citizenship programme has many strong features. It is designed to raise pupils’ awareness of issues relating to themselves and others; these include the cultural and linguistic diversity of society, poverty and British institutions.

The report in full is available here (PDF).

This isn't however the first time that similar allegations have been made. In 2004 the Telegraph especially highlighted what it was told was poor teaching of girls:

A London school funded by the Saudi Arabian government is facing complaints from parents that it is teaching British children "fundamentalist" Islam while giving girls an inferior education.

The King Fahd Academy in Acton, west London, named after the current Saudi ruler, devotes up to 50 per cent of lessons to religious education and teaches almost all classes in Arabic, with boys and girls following different curricula.

An additional piece of information may also provide the explanation to why some of the pupils may have been espousing support for terrorism and bin Laden:

Among those who currently attend the academy are the children of Abu Hamza, the cleric from Finsbury Park mosque who was arrested last week after the United States applied for his extradition on terrorism charges.

Anyway, on to the giggles:

SOME of the things happening in Britain today beggar belief.

A teacher claims in a legal statement that an Islamic school in West London is teaching five-year-olds to calls Jews “apes” and Christians “pigs”.

These children are also allegedly being told Osama bin Laden is a hero and killing Americans is good.

So while the Government and The Sun urge tolerance and understanding among communities, children are having their minds poisoned in a London classroom.

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