Independent Islamic boarding school in Yorkshire fails its Ofsted inspection after book calling for gay people to be executed was found in its library
- Islam on Homosexuality was found at Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury
- Text included ‘sections on punishment of individuals because of their sexuality’
- When questioned, some school leaders stated book was for ‘research’ purposes
- National Secular Society’s head of policy has described findings as ‘horrifying’
An independent Muslim boarding school has failed its Ofsted inspection after a book calling for gay people to be killed was found in its library.
Inspectors said the text, named ‘Islam on Homosexuality’, had been stamped as a library book by the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Ofsted stated in its report that the book included ‘sections on punishment of individuals because of their sexuality and views which contradict the rule of law’.
Pointing towards examples, the government department referred to wording in the text which said that ‘participants of the homosexual act should be slained (sic) whether they are married or unmarried’.
It also mentioned a paragraph entitled ‘putting to death’, which included a statement saying that ‘the evil doers should be put to death’.
When questioned about the book, the headteacher said it should not be within the school’s library, but other leaders stated that it was for ‘research’ purposes, according to the report.
Inspectors said Islam on Homosexuality included ‘sections on punishment of individuals because of their sexuality and views which contradict the rule of law’
Ofsted wrote: ‘The school does not meet the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’), the national minimum standards for boarding schools and associated requirements that were checked during this inspection.’
It added that the book ‘included inappropriate content which does not encourage respect for those who share one of the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010’.
Megan Manson, the National Secular Society’s (NSS) head of policy and research, has described the findings as ‘horrifying’.
She said: ‘It is appalling that a book calling for gay people to be executed could be found in a school library.
‘It is even more disturbing that some school leaders appeared to defend the school’s decision to make this book available to children.
‘Schools have a duty to promote equality for all. Giving a space for hateful and homophobic religious propaganda clearly runs contrary to that.’
The Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire came under fire in the report
It is not the first time the school has attracted controversy, either, after an investigation in 2016 found pupils were forbidden from watching TV, listening to music or reading newspapers.
Before that, it made headlines for achieving a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, despite policies banning students from ‘socialising with outsiders’, which would then lead to ‘expulsion if there is no improvement after cautioning’.
The Institute of Islamic Education has been approached for comment.