School dubbed ‘Muslim Eton’ closes because no students signed up

The Daily Star is reporting that the school in Burnley opened only in 2010, vowing to provide four-year programmes to girls aged 16 plus so they could become Islamic scholars. 

…Now bosses at the Mohuiddin International Girls College have shelved plans to reopen after the summer break, and are “no longer trading”, according to notices reportedly posted at the site. 

No students signed up for the £4,500 courses for UK and EU students this year, prompting the closure. 

Staff at watchdog the Bridge Schools Inspectorate, which assesses Muslim schools, said they had been unable to get in touch with school bosses…

The college’s aim was to “educate and empower women regardless of their age, colour, creed or social stature”.

Pupils were offered a four-year Alimah course covering the understanding of Islamic legal rules, sayings of the Prophet, textual readings, interpreting the Koran and Arabic literature.

Staff also taught A-levels and GCSEs in subjects including English, Mathematics and Science as well as Urdu and Arabic and Islamic Theology.

Bosses hoped student numbers would reach 1,500 but it is thought there were only 90 pupils at the college.

Last year the school was put up for sale for £2.5million but remained open.

Last November, the college’s former vice-principal Ghazala Khan, 37, went to a tribunal claiming she was sacked for opposing rules telling all pupils to wear veils during lessons but lost her claim for racial discrimination.

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  1. In 2012 the UK Border Agency withdrew approval to the College and it wasn’t, therefore, ‘successful in obtaining highly trusted sponsor status’ as it claimed as late as November 2014 . The College’s homepage said it has ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor Status – Tier 4’ but it didn’t appear on the Home Office list of approved sponsors last year.  Neither does it appear on the latest list.
    This is likely to be the reason for the college’s closure if it hasn’t got sponsor status.

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