Two teachers accused of promoting an Islamic agenda and undermining other religions at a secondary school in Birmingham, England have been banned from classrooms indefinitely.
The series of events, known in the British media as the "Trojan Horse" scandal, involved several schools, notably Park View Academy, where teachers Akeel Ahmed, 41, and Inamulhaq Anwar, 34, reportedly banned certain lessons and belittled other religions besides Islam, the Mirror reports. According to one witness, the teachers said that "with Islam you only have sex with your wife and as a good Muslim that is what you do," and thus refused to teach about condoms or HIV.
The witness also said female students were complaining that boys were approaching them afterwards and saying that they had to agree to sex once they were married. Boys and girls were reportedly separated in assemblies and classes, and a loudspeaker was installed in the school to broadcast daily prayers in Arabic for the students to recite.
Ahmed and Anwar also participated in Whatsapp conversations, some of which were anti-Semitic and discussed events such as the Boston Marathon bombings.
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A National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel, which rules on matters involving professional conduct, also discovered that Anwar had promoted Islam at Nansen Primary school, with students as young as 5 years old.
"The critical concentration on the delivery of Islamic doctrine impeded the opportunity for pupils to explore other cultures and form their own views," NCTL panel chair Mark Tweedle said, according to the Mirror. "Pupils, particularly girls, ran the risk of being isolated and unprepared for integration within society."
"The reforming of the school curriculum created a number of safeguarding concerns with pupils prevented from receiving proper instruction as to contraception and HIV/AIDs," Tweedle added.
Park View and Nansen are two of the five schools in the Birmingham area involved in the "Trojan Horse" scandal, and 11 other teachers face similar misconduct panels in regards to the scandal. The panel also found that while there had been no official agreement to change the nature of the schools, there had been a coordinated effort to make the schools more Islamic, and add an "undue religious influence," BBC reports.
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The panel did note, however, that there was no evidence of Islamic "extremism" in the classes.
Ahmed will be able to apply to be reinstated as a teacher in three years, while Anwar will be allowed to apply in six, according to the Mirror.