Muslim schools benefit nation

4th August 2006 at 01:00
I do not know whether your leader, "Have faith in the least bad route"

(TES, July 21) is pointing a finger at the Islamic religion.

It is not Islam which is at fault today - but bad Muslims who are ignorant, or who are led astray by the evil-minded.

Most young British Muslims cannot get Islamic education in state schools at present. Sending children for an hour to the local mosque to learn to read the Qur'an, in Arabic, without understand what they are learning, is not enough. Such weekend and evening classes produce poor results because the teachers are low-paid, unqualified, and often cannot speak English , which means they have problems communicating with the children.

British Muslim children must be given the choice of an Islamic education, properly monitored by good inspectors. After all we want to see British Muslim children educated to become good citizens, and a state Islamic school would do this.

I do not agree with your point that "religion has no business running state schools". All religions teach discipline and a code of living. In Britain, an absence of discipline has created a generation that has no respect or regard for their families, for the community, or for British law.

Christian mission schools in Eastern Africa, India, Pakistan and elsewhere were very good and still are. Indeed such faith schools were responsible for educating some leaders of those regions.

I urge you to support the establishment of British Muslim schools under state control.

Afzal Chaudhri Cheshire (Full address supplied)

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