Ex-MI5 agents target extremist influence in UK schools

Former agents of the UK secret service, MI5, are among those being recruited to investigate the alleged infiltration of UK schools by suspected extremists. This is from IB Times

According to Education Secretary Michael Gove, there is increasing concern about the influence of extremist Muslims in schools in areas of the UK.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Gove mentions primary schools in Surrey and Birmingham whose governing body was being “taken over” by parents with radical views, possibly in the hope of radicalising pupils and staff.

Now Gove has established a counter-extremism unit to investigate schools where radical activity has been suspected. The unit includes two former MI5 agents, civil servants and academic experts. The unit will “weed out” schools whose practices do not conform to British values.

Gove cites Al-Madinah Muslim Free School in Derby, where non-Muslim female teachers were allegedly pressured into wearing headscarves. His department is investigating the school, which is outside local authority control.

Meanwhile it emerges that a state-funded school in Blackburn is insisting that girls wear a hijab (Muslim headscarf) both in and out of class.

According to the Sunday Times, students at Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School in Blackburn have been told they should wear the garment at home and are forbidden from bringing stationery to school featuring “un-Islamic images” such as pop star photographs…

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See also: The state school where girls are forced to wear hijabs in classrooms AND outside school

Is this an over-reaction or is Michael Gove right to be concerned that radical activity might be taking place in some schools outside of local authority control? Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

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