Scandal-hit UK school 'not preaching extremism'

School chair Tahir Alam denied accusations of a Muslim plot to take over schools in Birmingham.

Scandal-hit UK school 'not preaching extremism'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tahir Alam, the chair of governors at the scandal-hit Park View School in Birmingham, UK, has denied allegations that his school is involved in "religious extremism".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today program, Mr. Alam denied that there was segregation of boys and girls or assemblies encouraging support for Al Qaeda.

"We're shocked by so many false allegations," said Mr. Alam regarding a so called Muslim plot to convert the non-faith school into a "religious school".

Blaming the hype that has prompted four official investigations into the allegations on "media hysteria," Mr. Alam insisted that schools policies on subjects such as collective prayer, headscarves and halal meat for its mainly Muslim students were "within the legal parameters".

"No child has to wear a headscarf or go to prayer... We don't have a policy of segregating pupils in the classroom," he said.

Investigations were started on six schools in Birmingham after an anonymous letter claimed that their was a "Trojan Horse" conspiracy to replace head teachers with teachers who would be more lenient on Islamic values.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Mayıs 2014, 14:08