Government responds to Panorama revelations
There is plenty of response to last night’s Panorama documentary on hateful and extremist views being “taught” in weekend “Islamic” schools in the UK.
Britain’s education department is to look at how it can check Islamic weekend schools after the BBC reported it had uncovered more than 40 of them teaching anti-Semitic views and extreme punishment for sodomy and theft.
The BBC said its “Panorama” programme, which will air on Monday evening, had found a network of weekend Islamic schools in Britain were teaching children how to chop off the hands of thieves, that Zionists are trying to take over the world and that sodomy is punishable by death.
Currently the government does not regulate weekend, part-time teaching centres.
The Department for Education said it could not allow anti-Semitic material in English schools and that the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), which inspects schools, was looking into how to monitor the part-time centres.
“Ofsted are doing some work in this area. They’ll be reporting to us shortly about how we can ensure that part-time provision is better registered and better inspected in the future,” the department said in a statement.