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MUSLIM SCHOOL DENIED STATE FUNDING

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A Muslim girls' school that had the support of Bradford City Council education committee has lost its campaign for ...
A Muslim girls' school that had the support of Bradford City Council education committee has lost its campaign for voluntary aided status, reports The Independent (p5).

Education secretary Gillian Shepherd turned down the application by Feversham College in Bradford because it was felt the school could not deliver the national curriculum and failed health and safety standards.

'Management of the school is insufficiently developed to enable the school to meet its legal requirements for the national curriculum,' she said.

Ibrahim Hewitt, development officer of the Association of Muslim Schools, said in response to the ruling:

'No doubt the school will struggle on, but it is hard to see how the government can justify giving voluntary aided status to christian schools, Jewish schools and others but not to Muslims. Their decision is a violation of the Muslim community's human rights.'
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