Terror suspect college pupil banned from taking chemistry and biology
A college pupil has been banned from taking AS-level courses in chemistry and biology after a judge ruled he may use the knowledge for terrorist purposes.
Resistance in Dudley: ‘Do we really have to have this mosque?’
An Â£18million mosque which will dwarf everything around it has got the go-ahead â€“ despite objections from 22,000 people.
Angry residents say allowing the 65ft tower and dome is simply pandering to the 7,000-strong Muslim com munity â€“ which makes up just two per cent of the local population.
It had even been turned down by the local authority, but that refusal has now been over-ruled by a Government inspector.
Bunglawussi wingeing: “Islamophobe joins teamÂ Boris”
Congrats, Anthony Browne!
He first came to prominence when he was denounced by then home secretary David Blunkett for “bordering on fascism” after a series of articles on immigration.
Mr Browne has also been criticised for “demonising” Muslims in an article headlined “the Muslims are coming â€“ there’s no plot: Islam really does want to conquer the world” in The Spectator.
Former Mayor Red Ken Livingstone said: “Anthony Browne’s extensive Rightwing track record and his divisive attacks on immigration, are an indication that Boris Johnson’s administration is deeply at odds with the needs of a multicultural city like London.”
Government drops plan to allow Muslim schools to police themselves
Government plans to give Muslim schools the chance to police themselves have effectively been dropped.
No Headbangers please!
Britain wakes up to Â Islamic terrorist infiltration at airports
It is feared that hundreds of foreigners are being allowed to work in high security parts of Britain’s airports without passing proper criminal record checks.
Despite warnings that terrorists have tried to place sleepers in jobs “airside” in terminals, no attempt has been made to check whether foreign workers have committed any offences abroad.
* Â Comment by a reader:Â Considering the times that we live in and the fact that a Muslims first loyalty is to his religion and his brothers in religion, is it a smart thing to employ Muslims at our airports?
Under proposals unveiled earlier this year private Muslim schools were to be given the chance to carry out their own Ofsted-style inspections.
It was announced a new independent watchdog would be set up to be more “sensitive” toward Islamic education and the new body would also inspect a small number of independent Christian schools.
But now Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, has effectively vetoed the plan.
It follows warnings from Ofsted, the official schools inspectorate, that the move would cause “increased fragmentation” and “works against any consistent approach to national standards”.
Under present legislation, most state and private schools are directly inspected by Ofsted.
But the Association of Muslim Schools and the Christian Schools’ Trust applied to the Government to set up a separate inspectorate for a small number of private faith schools.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families approved outline plans for the so-called Bridge Schools’ Inspectorate in January, giving it the power to inspect about 60 private Muslim schools and 50 Christian schools.
The decision came despite concerns that some private faith schools are already failing to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.
But in a parliamentary statement, Mr Balls admitted that the narrow focus of such small watchdogs may undermine public confidence in the education system.
He said any future inspectorates should be responsible for a minimum of 350 schools to prevent inspectors “becoming over-familiar” with particular types of school.
Christine Gilbert, head of Ofsted, said: “We believe it would be difficult for an organisation to form an objective view of the quality of schools inspected if it dealt with only one type of school and therefore lacked a broad perspective.”
However, the changes will not affect the Independent Schools Inspectorate, which currently vets more than 1,000 leading fee-paying schools, including Eton and Harrow.
Michael Gove, Tory shadow schools secretary, said: “This is highly significant and very welcome u-turn by the Government.
“I am pleased that they have taken on board the need to improve the inspection regime and ensure that certain schools don’t effectively police themselves.”