‘Tough action’ may be taken at Islamic faith school after inspectors find books which ‘promotes’ stoning, lashing and execution

Headteacher Abdul Qadeer Baksh said the Ofsted report was 'half-baked'
Headteacher Abdul Qadeer Baksh said the Ofsted report was 'half-baked'

Ofsted has issued grave concerns over a Luton Islamic faith school found to have books which “promotes and condones” stoning, lashing and execution.

The Department for Education ordered Ofsted to carry out an emergency inspection of Olive Tree Primary School beginning May 13, but inspectors were forced to leave the school after parents became enraged over questions posed to nine-year-old students surrounding homosexuality.

During the visit the DfE asked inspectors to “pay particular attention to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.”

The schools watchdog has now said, in a report published on Monday, that it found literature in Olive Tree’s library which has “no place in British society” and “does not support pupils’ development for life in modern Britain”.

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has confirmed that the government ordered the inspection of Olive Tree due to “the publicly expressed views of a member of the school’s senior leadership team”.

The “expressed views” are comments on homosexuality made by headteacher Abdul Qadeer Baksh during an October 2013 radio debate with former EDL leader Tommy Robinson.

Headteacher Abdul Qadeer Baksh slammed the Ofsted report, telling Luton News that inspectors visited the school “with an agenda”.

Mr Baksh, also chairman of Islamic Centre, said: “They came to look for extremism being taught in our school and after they couldn’t find anything they had to resort to looking in library books to find selective quotes.

“These are reference books for teachers and not students, which can be found in libraries across the town.

“We understand where we are living, nobody is asking for these things to be implemented in Britain.”

A DfE spokesperson said: “We will monitor progress closely and, as we have repeatedly demonstrated in all types of school, will not hesitate to take tough action if required.”

> For the full story read Wednesday’s Luton News