Islamic school condemned by Cameron is cleared

Dec 12, 2009 by

David Cameron’s allegation that a school was linked to Islamic extremism was dismissed yesterday by authorities. Investigations by Haringey Council found no evidence of “inappropriate influence” at the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation (ISF) school, in Tottenham, north London.

Inquiries were launched several weeks before Mr Cameron attacked the Prime Minister during Question Time last month, claiming the school was set up by an “extremist Islamist foundation” and was a front for the radical Muslim group, Hizb ut Tahrir.

A spokesman for the authority said: “No evidence was found to suggest inappropriate content or influence in the school. The school is taking steps to make sure that pupils learn about different cultures and traditions, including joint work with a local Church of England primary school. We also asked the school for written, formal confirmation that the school no longer had any links with any individuals alleged to have connections with Hizb ut Tahrir. We have now received that confirmation.”

Nursery funding for the school – which was suspended during the inquiry – resumed yesterday, the spokesman added. He said: “We will continue to monitor the nursery school and if any other matters are raised, we will look into them immediately.”

Teachers working at another school run by the ISF said that the foundation was being “used” by politicians. Gordon Brown promised to investigate after Mr Cameron claimed that the ISF was an extremist Islamist foundation.

Source: The Independent

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