UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said to British MPs that schools should not fold from teaching “fundamental British values” in the school system. She stressed that “different ideologies” should still be present in schools. The response came after five Birmingham schools had done special measures to combat Islamist Extremism in “Trojan Horse” schools.
The education controversy began when schools became concerned with Islamist educators inflaming student ideologies resulting to school staff mistrusting other educators. UK education watchdog Ofsted said that “safeguarding students” remains a legitimate concern” to maintain rapid and sustained progress in UK education.
According to Morgan, schools who do not uphold British values allow people with different ideologies to push their own ideologies across. Implementing “mutual respect”, “equality”, “democracy” and “tolerance” should be “woven” into the curriculum, says Morgan.
The Commons education committee reported highlighted some unqualified school staff that were unqualified for the subjects. Most UK schools are suffering from “unbalanced curriculums” in the schools. Morgan stressed that action has been taken to ensure the balancing of internal school academic systems. She also said that disciplinary procedures against staff committing this act had been enforced.
Morgan iterates that the five Birmingham schools are not victims of academisation or lacking local government finance.