The Birmingham Post is reporting that a teacher accused of trying to Islamise a Trojan Horse-linked Birmingham school will have his case reheard in what it describes as “a dramatic twist in the proceedings”.
An eight-day disciplinary hearing against former Oldknow Academy acting principal Jahangir Akbar and Arabic teacher Asif Khan concluded last month.
Mr Khan failed to appear at the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) proceedings – despite the government body’s claims that it had emailed and written to him to urge him to attend.
The panel was last week due to deliver its ruling on whether the two teachers were guilty of bringing their profession into disrepute.
However, in the meantime Mr Khan suddenly materialised – claiming he had moved to Qatar and had no knowledge of the disciplinary action against him.
The NCTL claimed that Mr Khan had “deliberately” evaded the proceedings ahead of the case – shutting down any means of communication by closing an email account just weeks after it had previously successfully received one email about the proceedings.
Appearing via a Skype video link at a hearing in Coventry today, Mr Khan insisted he had never seen the email and that his wife “deleted it as spam”…
John Pemberton, panel chairman, ruled that Mr Khan was entitled to have the case against him reheard…
Meanwhile, Andew Faux, the barrister representing Mr Akbar, applied for his case to also be halted. He said it was “in the interests of justice” for both teachers to have their case heard together in order for a “fair” hearing.
However, the panel refused Mr Faux’s application for a joint hearing and later the panel delivered its ruling regarding Mr Akbar, finding him guilty of professional misconduct and bringing the teaching profession into disrepute…
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