Following the investigation of an Islamist takeover in some Birmingham schools, Michael Gove wants democracy, mutual respect and tolerance to be taught in schools in England.
The Education Secretary announced a series of measures to combat growing ‘Islamification’ in schools after Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that the activities of some hard-line Muslim governors had led to a culture of fear and intimidation in several Birmingham schools, The Independent reports.
Mr. Gove said he wants democracy, mutual respect and tolerance to be taught in schools and in a statement the DfE announced: “We want to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
David Cameron backed Mr. Gove’s pledge, saying: “I think what Michael Gove has said is important and I think it will have the overwhelming support…of everyone in Britain including people that have come to settle in Britain and make their home in Britain.”
Some leading politicians questioned the move, with Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt arguing: “Amongst the greatest of British values is an education system which welcomes and integrates migrant communities, builds successful citizens in a multi-cultural society, secures safety and high standards for all and you are failing to do so.”
The Coalition’s Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi also questioned Mr. Gove’s announcement: “We need to make sure that all communities in this country feel like they are British and they are part of the whole. It is important that the way in which we tackle these matters is done in a way which in which we resolve the problem and not make matters worse.”
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