Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/253703/Muslims-to-break-away-from-Scottish-education-systemMuslims-to-break-away-from-Scottish-education-system#ixzz1PpybBjYtThe Sunday Express has learned parents are angry their children are not being given schooling according to their religious beliefs and claim teachers are even promoting “unIslamic principles and behaviours”.
Some have even threatened legal action to force councils to open state-funded faith schools at taxpayers’ expense.
Others want the “relatively affluent” Muslim community to take matters into its own hands, starting with Scotland’s first Islamic high school.
Parents and supporters are being rallied on an Internet chat room called glasgowmuslims.com. One father explains the plan is to “form a steering group of individuals who wish to contribute towards the creation of an Islamic Secondary School for Girls in Glasgow”.
The anonymous man – TariqM – adds: “I have spoken to a number of Imams representing the primary Masjids (mosques) in Glasgow and in principle everybody agrees the ideal solution to education for Muslims would be within an that has at its core an Islamic ethos.”
Another member proposes legal action over the city council’s refusal to fund an Islamic state school, stating: “There is a case to be made by the Muslim community against Glasgow Council claiming religious bigotry and discrimination.”
Sajid Quayum, president of the Glasgow branch of the Islamic Society of Britain (ISB), said he was aware of the group and its plans.
“Education is something close to the heart of all parents,” he said. “They are venting their frustration over not being able to ‘play the system’ as other religious groups have in the past.
“There is a lot of disagreement in the wider community whether having an Islamic state school is what we want. Some say it would be a good thing but others say there is enough separation from the main community as there is.”
He said: “A lot of teachers are a little bit worried about trying to cover Islam because it has so many social and political issues.
“We have set up a teacher training programme called Islam Information Scotland. When we have approached RE teachers, they say they will often focus on a particular religion for a year, such as Hinduism, but it will rarely be Islam because they are worried about offending Muslims.
“There is a perception that we are consistently getting offended, but there are only a few groups out there who do that. Unfortunately, it is them who always appear in the news.
“This is not about pushing our religion into schools, just a feeling that there is not enough understanding of the issues.”
Scotland currently has one Islamic primary school, the private Qalam Academy in Glasgow. Two other private primaries, in Glasgow and Dundee, closed after damning inspection reports.
There are Catholic, Episcopalian and Jewish state schools and First Minister Alex Salmond has backed plans for an Islamic state primary in Glasgow.
However, councillors refused permission because of fears it would lead to isolation of young Scottish Muslims.
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