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Leaflets Found in a British School Call Music “Acts of the Devil”

From the BBC:

Inspectors made an unannounced visit to the Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham after having previously rated the school as “inadequate”.

Inspectors said pupils were not being protected from “extreme views”.

The school rejected previous Ofsted criticism, saying that it promoted “both Islamic and British values”.

But a spokeswoman for the Department for Education said the allegations would be urgently investigated and that action would be taken against schools “promoting twisted ideologies”.

“These leaflets should have no place in any school – and we will not hesitate to take strong action when schools focus on ideological indoctrination rather than a high-quality education,” said the DFE spokeswoman.

An Ofsted inspection last year had found weaknesses with the school and inspectors returned without warning to monitor how an improvement plan was being implemented.

But inspectors found printed material with “extremist views”.

“A large number of copies of a leaflet containing highly concerning and extremist views, such as “Music, dancing and singing are acts of devil and prohibited” were discovered during the inspection.

“The leaflets were found in areas shared by the school and adjoining mosque which are used by leaders and in areas used by the pupils from the school,” said the inspectors.

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