Bell ignorant about Muslims

28th January 2005 at 00:00
David Bell has been extremely irresponsible in presenting his view on faith schools. I doubt he has any direct experience of the facts.

When Mr Bell said "traditional Islamic education does not entirely fit pupils for their lives as Muslims in modern Britain" what did he mean?

How much of what he was saying was based on fact?

The head of Ofsted is someone who should speak about facts not fictions.

Such hearsay from documentaries and news reports written by journalists with Islamophobic views should not be stated as fact by the head of a respected body such as Ofsted.

In fact Muslim schools - both traditional and modern - have diversity and citizenship at the heart of their ethos.

One of the primary aims of a Muslim school is to make a person a good citizen: someone who respects others, values other people's views and lives as a peaceful and loyal citizen of this country.

They do all this despite being the most underfunded of schools in Britain.

Take, for example, the London East Academy, a recently formed school which featured in the Queen's Christmas speech: it was established entirely with fees paid by parents (who are taxpayers), and not a penny from the Government!

On a positive note, Mr Bell has done a great job in opening up dialogue about the future of faith schools.

My advice to you Mr Bell is to improve your knowledge and experience of faith schools.

Give your "worries" a rest, come and visit Muslim schools and find out what they are really about.

Hassan Ahmed 28 Ennerdale House Hamlets Way Bow, London E3

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