Denmark: Supervisors to visit Muslim private schools

Muslim private schools can again expect visits from government supervisors.

The integration and education ministries plan a special supervision tour at 25 school, in order to ascertain that the schools aren't becoming a nursery for terrorists.

Education minister Bertel Haarder says that now, with Islamic terror, there's naturally particular reason to pay attention to the school, as they know what's going on in schools in Pakistan, where things have been allowed to develop.

The supervision will show if the schools are preparing their student to live in a society with freedom and popular rule.  Should that not be the case, it will lead to changes in the private school laws, according to the plans, which have been received with criticism.

Ebbe Lilliendal Jørgensen, head of the Danish private schools association, says that if the government is again giving special attention to Muslim schools, this is being done without their backing.  He is dissatisfied that a few problems at several Muslim private schools might have great consequences for the rest of the private schools.

He says that it's very unfortunate that the government will put all schools in one bag, and that it's wrong to make laws for all the country's 500 private schools based on 25 who were particularly chosen out.

The education minister, however, says that the Danish Private School Association should stop seeing supervision as an attack.

Bertel Haarder asks everybody not to be so touch in this debate.  Radicalization is a very serious issue, and it must be seen if something like this is going on in the schools.

The Muslim private schools had been an object of supervision in the past, but according to the Danish Private School Association, it had never been documented that any had omitted to teach their students freedom and popular rule.

Source: Kristeligt Dagblad (Danish)

1 comment:

Iftikhar Ahmad said...

Muslim Schools

London School of Islamics is an educational Trust. Its aim is to make
British public, institutions and media aware of the needs and demands of the
Muslim community in the field of education and possible solutions.

Slough Islamic school Trust Slough had a seminar on Muslim
education and schools in Thames Valley Atheltic Centre. The seminar was
addressed by the education spokesman of MCB. I could not attend the seminar
but I believe lot of Muslims from Slough and surrounding areas must have
attended. Very soon, the Muslims of Slough will have a state funded Muslim
school but there is a need for more schools. A day will come when all Muslim
children will attend state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim
teachers as role model.

Muslim schools are not only faith schools but they are more or less
bilingual schools.

Bilingual Muslim children need to learn standard English to follow the
National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve
humanity. They need to be well versed in Arabic to recite and understand the
Holy Quran. They need to be well versed in Urdu and other community
languages to keep in touch with their cultural roots and enjoy the beauty of
their literature and poetry.

Bilingualism is an asset but the British schooling regards it as a
problem. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not
want to become notoriously monolingual Brit. Pakistan is only seven hours
from London and majority of British Muslims are from Pakistan.

More than third of British Muslim have no qualifications. British school
system has been failing large number of Muslims children for the last 60
years. Muslim scholars see the pursuit of knowledge as a duty, with the
Quran containing several verses to the rewards of learning. 33% of British
Muslims of working age have no qualifications and Muslims are also the least
likely to have degrees or equivalent qualifications. Most of estimated
500,000 Muslim school-aged pupils in England and Wales are educated in the
state system with non-Muslim monolingual teachers. Majority of them are
underachievers because they are at a wrong place at a wrong time.

Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual
Muslim teachers during their developmental periods. There is no place for a
non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. As far as higher education
is concerned, Muslim students can be educated with others. Let Muslim
community educate its own children so that they can develop their own
Islamic, cultural and linguistic identities and become usefull members of
the British society rather than becoming a buden.

We are living in an English speaking country and English is an
international language, therefore, we want our children to learn and be well
versed in standard English and at the same time well versed in Arabic, Urdu
and other community languages. Is there anything wrong with this approach?

It is not only the Muslim community who would like to send their children to
Muslim school. Sikh and Hindu communities have started setting up their
schools. Last week. British Black Community has planned the first all black
school with Black teachers in Birmingham.

Scotland's first state funded Muslim school could get the go-ahead within
months after First Munister Alex Salmond declared he was sympathetic towards
the needs and demands of the Muslim community.

Iftikhar Ahmad
London School of Islamics Trust