Belgian childcare: "We can't ignore the Secret Service"
The Flemish children's agency Kind en Gezin has withdrawn its support for a wife of a prominent figure in the Antwerp Muslim world, Imam Nordine Taouil.
The imam is a fervent opponent of a ban on the wearing of the Muslim headscarf in Flemish schools. He is a controversial figure and on Monday the head of the Belgian intelligence service, Alain Winants, labelled him an extremist.
Taouil has been outspoken in his opposition to the ban. He claims to speak on behalf of the Muslim community, but this is not accepted by all.
In response to the intelligence chief's words, the children’s agency Kind en Gezin has withdrawn the wife of the Imam’s licence. She will no longer be able to operate as a child minder.
She has been working for the Catholic Working Women's organisation KAV for six years now.
A spokeswoman for the children's agency, Leen Du Bois, told the VRT that "the integrity of the children in the woman's care is at risk".
Ms Taouil took care of children of Flemish and immigrant parents.
The KAV has now been obliged to sack Ms Taouil. There were never any complaints about her work.
The agency Kind en Gezin came under fire last week as well for media leaks about how one of the child carers had neo-fascist sympathies.