British MPs concerned over governments plan to fund Muslim schools

January 2nd, 2008 - 4:29 pm ICT by admin  

London, Jan 2 (ANI): Ed Ballas, UKs Cabinet minister for Children, Schools and Families, will face a grilling by senior MPs next week over his plans to pump millions of taxpayers cash into 100 Muslim schools.
Some members are concerned that extending state funding to dozens of Muslim schools will further damage community cohesion and may breed social separation.
The Commons Education Committee will investigate the Governments proposed expansion of faith schools.
Balls is expected to come under intense questioning, The Daily Express reported.
Labour MP Barry Sheerman, the committee chairman, said: I am getting reports from people in local government who find it difficult to know what is going on in some faith schools, particularly Muslim schools.
There is real concern in local government about its ability to find out how well an important part of our community is being served by its education provision, he added.
Will we find out that young people in certain kinds of faith school, and particularly young women, are not getting the provision or education that they deserve, he asked.
Faith schools are an important area of concern. This is something the Government should look at in a focused way, rather than drifting into the proliferation of faith education, Sheerman said. (ANI)

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