The principal of a majority-Muslim school in northeast London has said he will not allow a “militant minority” of parents to derail his plans to abolish gender segregation.
Which even extended to outside the classroom, with a “wall of segregation” down the middle of the campus!
Hardly surprising it failed an OFSTED inspection…
Hundreds of people have signed a petition urging the school to keep the segregation in place, and said that was more important to them than improving standards.
Which tells you all you really need to know, doesn’t it?
“The challenge has been to persuade parents that just because we have a Muslim majority now of over 90 per cent, we don’t have to be a Muslim school,” Mr Ojja told The Independent.
The principal said he had held open forums with concerned parents, and that he “totally empathised” with their concerns.
Well, he’s wrong to empathise, or hint that he might be persuaded to understand. Give these people an inch and they’ll take a mile.
One of the key complaints of an online petition set up by angry parents has been a lack of consultation over the changes.
He’s held open forums, so that’s a non-starter! But we all know that, in their lexicon, when they say ‘consultation’ what they really mean is ‘capitulation’.
Marina Hasmi, a 17-year-old sixth-from pupil with two younger sisters at Crest, told the local Kilburn Times newspaper that she thought it was a good idea – but her father disagreed.
“My sister isn’t comfortable with it either, it’s a big change for her,” she said. “But I think Crest will get better. The school is doing it for a good reason.”
So, there’s some hope for the younger generation.
Mr Ojja said that, regardless of the issues surrounding consultation, the decision to introduce co-ed lessons was for the governors to make.
He said: “In the current climate it is a bit sensitive to address the Muslim issue – because some parents may feel their needs are not being met or they aren’t being supported.
“But for me it is straightforward – we have no religious denomination. If they wish to exercise their parental choice and go with a segregated model, then there are private Islamic schools in the area.”
And even more back in Pakistan & Afghanistan. Take this as a hint.