An Islamic girls’ boarding school in Nottingham is facing closure after a student, Aliyah Saleem, went public with what was being taught within its walls – light on the history, math and geography, and heavy on the how-tos of killing gays and beating women.
Saleem, who was expelled in 2011 in front of the whole student body because she was found with a disposable camera – an apparent no-no at the school – spent the subsequent years speaking out about what was really being taught.
The Daily Mail reports:
“Following her expulsion Ms Saleem spoke out about her treatment at Jamia Al Hudaa girls’ school in Nottingham, saying she was not taught geography, history, art or music.
“Instead, she was taught that death sentence could be given to gay men; that Jews and Christians make Allah angry; and that men should be allowed to beat their wives.”
The school is now facing closure, while the residential halls have already been shut. But the big question is: Why wasn’t the entire investigated and closed when Saleem first starting talking about what was actually being taught?
Again, from the Daily Mail:
“Despite reporting the school’s inadequacies to both Ofsted and doing an expose interview in a national newspaper, it is only now that the school finally faces closure.
“Parents have now been told to pick up their daughters from the school on October 18 after an Ofsted inspection in April found that there were ‘inadequacies’ in safeguarding pupils, including insufficiently trained staff and bullying, and ordered the school close its residential operations.
“The Times reports that since 85 per cent of pupils board at the school, this means it will effectively have to close.
“The inspection also found that the school does not promote balanced views or British values, and pupils can access ‘books that have been written by controversial authors, for example by one who is not allowed to enter this country.’”
The report did not provide names of the authors.
But Saleem indicated that when she was tossed from the school, she hadn’t even been taught about World War I or World War II.
She spoke to the Daily Mail about her expulsion and about what she was taught at the school just this week:
“‘The worst thing about the school was the national curriculum, it was restricted in every way possible,’ she told the Daily Mail last week.
‘We were taught English and science but we were not taught about evolution or sex education. I had to teach myself evolution at 20.’
“Miss Saleem, now in her twenties, was at the school from 2006 to 2011. She was ‘publicly expelled in front of the entire school’ for owning a disposable camera, which was thought to be a sign of ‘narcissism.’
“She wrote on her blog: ‘No regulatory body or authority ever found out about it and nobody ever confronted it, even though it caused me great humiliation and shame.’”
Inspectors deemed the school to be “inadequate” on certain factors in 2015. But as Saleem noted: The poor ranking did not focus so much on the course curriculum, as it did other factors. For instance, why no seeming outrage from the government about the training of young minds that it’s OK to kill homosexuals, or beat women?
Saleem said, in the Daily Mail:
“‘It is obvious that for too long the government has stood by and ignored the utterly appalling imposition of conservative religious ideologies on British school children,’ she said.
“Miss Saleem, who campaigns about the dangers of religious education, added: ‘Just because independent schools are funded by parents and charities, it’s not that those children do not matter.’”