Investigation into claims Islamic leaders used £1m public money for Pakistan school

The Telegraph is reporting that council bosses are investigating claims Islamic leaders spent £1million of British taxpayers’ cash on a state-of-the-art school in Pakistan…

The controversial alleged use of public money has engulfed scandal-hit Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, which is currently in desperate need of repair.

It comes after the school was placed in special measures in May this year, when it was branded “inadequate” in a damning Ofsted report.

A month later, the whole governing body was sacked after financial troubles, including a £900,000 budget deficit, were revealed and a new interim board took over.

Now Birmingham City Council is investigating claims that the trust might have used public money to help fund a £1million boys-only school 5,000 miles away in Pakistan.

The Al-Hijrah boarding school, in the north west city of Ziarat, opened in 2004 and is said to be prospering.

On the trust’s website, it boasts the school provides children with an environment in which they can “develop their Islamic principles”.

Meanwhile, the school in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, which caters for 800 pupils aged between four and 16, is in a state of disrepair…

The Birmingham school, which opened in 1988, became voluntary-aided in 2002 and secured funding from the city council.

The council has confirmed a probe into the school’s finances, including the allegations public cash was used to help fund the school in Pakistan, is now under way…

A Department for Education spokesman said: “We are aware of these serious allegations which are being investigated by Birmingham City Council…

In July, the city council was forced to take out an injunction banning former chairman of governors Waseem Yaqub from Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham…

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Blimey – surely a school couldn’t spend £1m of public money on a pet project without anyone noticing? Or is the allegation it was £1m of their own money, but they also happened to be getting public money? In which case, who was checking what the later got spent on? Reactions? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Financial freedoms for schools introduced by last 2 govts unless regulated properly almost invite this behaviour, if proven

  2. rrunsworth

    SchoolsImprove 900k deficit didn’t appear overnight, why did Brum not take action sooner? Poor monitoring or poor leadership at LA?

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