Names of 18 Schools in Birmingham, England, At Heart of Alleged Muslim ‘Trojan Horse’ Plot, Have Been Revealed
By Boaz Wadel
Despite the assertion by Prime Minister, David Cameron, that Britain is "a Christian country," a huge controversy has arisen in Birmingham, England, that could prove otherwise.
Park View School in Alum Rock, Birmingham,
which is under investigation by Ofsted
According to allegations carried widely in the British media, which claim that there has been an alleged "Trojan Horse" plot to take over state institutions, particularly in England's second largest city, Birmingham, where 18 schools have been inspected by Ofsted [the UK Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services, and Skills, who report directly to the British Parliament].
Now the Birmingham City Council has released a document naming the schools which included Park View School in Alum Rock, Gracelands Nursery school in Sparkbrook (close to where my father, Rev. Alfred Wooding pastored a The Sparkbrook Mission for 30 years), and Golden Hillock School in Sparkhill.
"One school is even being investigated over allegations that the al Qaeda-linked Muslim preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who died in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011, was praised in assembly [a morning gathering each day of students and staff]," said Sophie Jane Evans, writing in Britain's Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk).
She went on to say that Sir Albert Bore, council leader, said Ofsted was not intending to publish its final inspection reports until "the first or second week of May."
He added that he has not yet seen the draft version of the inspection reports, which have been carried out at the request of Education Secretary Michael Gove.
In an investigation progress briefing, Sir Albert also criticized the apparent leaking of an Education Funding Agency (EFA) report into three city academies to a national newspaper.
He said the Government Cabinet Office is currently investigating how the document was obtained by the media.
Muslims at prayer in a Birmingham mosque
Evans said that the "Trojan Horse" allegations first came to light earlier this year, contained in an anonymous and unsigned letter.
"They have prompted separate ongoing investigations by both the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted," she continued.
On Saturday, The Daily Telegraph reported that six of the schools at the center of the inquiry faced being placed in special measures.
Sir Albert described the leaking of the EFA report as "wholly reprehensible" - adding that one school had been inaccurately included in press articles when it was unconnected with the current inquiries.
The Daily Mail writer stated that although 25 schools are involved in three separate investigations into the plot, the city council's chief executive, Mark Rogers, said he was in "no position" to identify the remaining seven schools because inquiries were still "in the early stages."
"The council's investigation is being headed by former head teacher Ian Kershaw, who is sifting through about 200 concerns raised since the alleged 'Trojan Horse' plot emerged," she added.
"Meanwhile, while the DfE has appointed its own education commissioner, the former head of the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit Peter Clarke."
Birmingham Central Mosque
Among the claims that are being made are that Muslim hard-liners are seizing control of governing bodies, segregating male and female pupils and banning sex education in the city that has a large Muslim population.
A personal note from Dan Wooding. Although I was born in Nigeria of British missionary parent, I was raised in Birmingham from the age of five and went to two schools there - neither of which are named in the "Trojan Horse" investigation. I left Birmingham in 1968 (with my wife Norma and two sons, Andrew and Peter), to become a reporter with Billy Graham's London-based newspaper, The Christian. Over the years, the city has seen a huge influx of Muslims and other religious groups, including Hindus, who are nothing to do with this latest controversy. Many of the immigrants, mainly from India and Pakistan, initially came to staff Birmingham hospitals and then brought their relatives to join them, who then also brought their relatives, and now areas of the city are almost completely taken over by people, including many from Pakistan, and mosques are dotted all over the city.