Monday, February 9, 2009
UK:Islamic Segregation OK
A headteacher in the UK has been forced to resign after she tried to do away with faith based segregation in school assemblies. The headteacher was actually labeled a "racist" because she want children of all faiths to be in the assembly together. The world is officially upside down now.
Headteacher forced to resign after being branded racist for trying to axe separate assemblies for Muslims
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
09th February 2009
A primary school headteacher has resigned after Muslim parents protested over plans to scrap separate faith assemblies for their children.
Soon after taking over at the school Julia Robinson told staff she wanted to hold assemblies for all pupils, which would encompass all faiths.
The practise is common in most schools and after taking advice from the local authority, Ms Robinson set up a working party to look at alternatives.
But their work was stopped after a number of parents at Meersbrook Bank Primary Community in Sheffield complained about the plans.
Mrs Robinson was accused of being racist and following the complaints she was away from her post for most of last year.
She was due to make a phased return to her duties this term. But again there were protests from some parents when they heard she would be coming back.
Mrs Robinson resigned from her job and the school's chair of governors Sarah Browton also quit in support.
A member of staff who asked not to be named said: 'The headteacher inherited the separate assemblies when she started the job and she took careful advice from the authority on what to do about them.
'But when she tried to stop them, feeling they did nothing to promote inclusiveness, she was accused of being a racist.
'She wanted to hold assemblies for all the pupils, which would include all faiths. That is what happens in most schools but some parents wanted things to stay as they were.
'Mrs Robinson was under a lot of pressure and wasn't at school for some time. The plan was for her to come back but again some of the parents put a stop to that.
'Many of us here just feel this is all very wrong. Everyone was told that we had to heal and we had to move on.
'There's now an interim head in place and that situation could drag on for some time to come.
The feeling is that Julia was doing the right thing and went through all the right routes as to what she was trying to do.
'The aim was for inclusion there's no other school we know that has separate assemblies like these.
'The buzzword from the authority at the moment is all about community cohesion but there is little cohesion at this school. The staff are very upset at what has happened.'
A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: 'We can confirm that the headteacher of Meersbrook Bank Primary School has tendered her resignation for her post which has been accepted.
'Parents have been made aware of the matter and temporary arrangements are in place until a new headteacher is appointed.'
Acting chair of governors Rob Stephens added: 'We would like to thank her for her work at the school, and wish her well for the future.
'Mrs Pamela Smith has been appointed as the lead teacher.'
After taking over at Meersbrook Mrs Robinson outlined her plans for the future for the 115 year old school on its website.
On it she said : 'We have launched the new school year by reviewing and rewriting our school vision and aims. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our community and our family feel.'
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