Storbritannien har i år beslutat sig för att följa den svenska modellen för friskolor. För första gången ska England erbjuda skattefinansierade friskolor som inte behöver följa läroplanen. Tidigare har engelsmännen endast erbjudits kommunala skattefinansierade skolor eller privata skolor för välbärgade med höga skolavgifter. I september 2012 öppnas i Blackburn Storbritanniens första muslimska friskola som är gratis att gå i. Redan nu anklagas skolan för att segregera muslimer. Såväl det nationella lärarfacket som politiker och tjänstemän är kritiska. Men muslimska föräldrar från hela England står i kö för att placera sina barn i den muslimska friskolan i Blackburn:
"THE first free school for Muslims in the country will open in Blackburn next year.
The business case for Tauheedul Islam Boys’ School has been approved by the Government."
Källa, Lancashire Telegraph fredag 16 september 2011: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/blackburndarwenhyndburnribble/9254640.First_Islamic_free_school_approved_for_Blackburn/
"Education Secretary Michael Gove has introduced the free schools programme"
Källa, Daily Express lördag 17 september 2011: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/271789/Free-school-for-Muslims-will-split-our-town-
"UK's First Free Muslim School Criticised for Fostering Segregation
Published: 17/09/2011 08:13:41 PM GMT
The first free school for Muslim pupils in Britain has been given the go-ahead amid claims it will cause division in the community.
The application for the Tauheedul Islam Boys' School won Government approval despite council and union opposition.
Free schools do not fall within local authority control and get their funding direct from the Government.
They have greater freedom than academies to set their own agenda.
The new school will have its first intake in September next year. Supporters insist it will help increase educational standards in Blackburn, Lancs, which has a 40 per cent Asian population rising to 95 per cent in some areas. But critics say it will deprive state schools of funds and lead to a segregated education system.
The principal, Mufti Hamid Patel, who made the application along with school governors, yesterday rejected the criticism, saying the school would play an active role in all areas of the community."
"It has already received more than 700 pre-registration admission forms from parents living throughout the country, including London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Dewsbury and Bolton, for the first 150 places. Only 50 percent will be allocated to members of affiliated mosques.
Mr Patel said: "Support is generally good from across all communities. This has been 18 months in the planning and will be the first Muslim free school in the country."
Maureen Bateson, Blackburn council's executive member for children's services, said: "The council did not support the application to become a free school."
"Simon Jones, national executive member for the National Union of Teachers, and Blackburn representative, said: "This is extremely bad news for Blackburn with Darwen. It is not unexpected, nevertheless it is still a bad day.
"It will further undermine much of the progress towards community cohesion. We are on our way to a completely segregated schooling system. It is going to develop potential social problems in the future."
Källa, Islam Online lördag 17 september 2011: http://islamonline.com/news/articles/2/UKs-First-Free-Muslim-School-Criticised-for-Foste.html
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