By Emma Webb
The Henry Jackson Society today commented on a story published by the BBC in which individuals connected to the so-called ‘Trojan-Horse Plot’ claimed that Government regulatory action against the teachers involved was a “total waste of public money”.
Emma Webb, Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society’s Centre for Radicalisation and Terrorism, said:
“The Trojan Horse scandal is the clearest indication of Islamist entryism into the education sector we have seen in recent years. It is a pattern that – according to recent research – appears to be repeating itself across the country.”
“Undermining the seriousness of The Clarke Report’s findings risks playing into the hands of those at the very heart of the problem. Mr Alam was not ‘hard done by’, his behaviour was found by an independent tribunal to be unacceptable”.
“The government has every right to fully investigate any concerns about the safety and protection of British children. Young and vulnerable students deserve protection from poisonous extremist ideologies.
“Those found attempting to abuse the system pose a serious threat to children in their care – they are not the victims here.
“Henry Jackson Society Research has shown that, in the financial year 2015-16, £6 million of taxpayers’ money was spent on charities connected to Islamist extremism. The £1.27 million spent on the ‘Trojan Horse’ hearings is a relatively small amount when you compare it to the £5 million spent on cases related to Jon Venables, Jamie Bulger’s murderer.
“Holding effective proceedings against alleged extremists who have targeted British school children is money well spent.”
Notes to Editors
- Findings by both Birmingham City Council and the Education Commissioner revealed that there was a calculated attempt by several individuals to introduce an “intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos” into several schools in Birmingham. The Clarke Report concluded that there had been a “coordinated, deliberate and sustained” attempt to introduce an “intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into several schools in the area.
- Tahir Alam, former chair of governors at Park View school, who is extensively quoted in the BBC article has previously called for “girls [to] be covered except for their hands and faces”, advocated gender segregation and claimed that homosexuality must not be taught as an acceptable practice.
- Tahrir Alam is now barred from education. Also banned from teaching indefinitely was acting headteacher, Jahangir Akbar, who was found to have been engaged in “misconduct of a serious nature”, “failed to uphold public trust” or to have maintained “high standards of ethics and behaviour” having “reacted inappropriately” at a parent who had challenged his attempts to cancel “non-Islamic” events.
- More recently, Sophie Rahman, headteacher of Ad-Deen Primary School, was struck off after it was revealed Westminster Bridge attacker, Khuram Butt had taught after school classes to Ad-Deen’s pupils. In the lessons, he told children that Kuffar (non-Muslims) were the “the worst creatures” and also told children to lie to their parents.