Court win for Islamic school parents

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13 February 2004 , COLOGNE - Islamic parents won a court victory in Germany this week allowing them to keep their children at the controversial King Fahd Academy in Bonn, a month after education officials ordered the pupils to transfer to public schools. A Cologne administrative tribunal said the January orders from the Bonn municipal education department were legally defective in at least seven cases. More than 30 families were told last month that their exemptions from state schooling had been withdrawn.

13 February 2004

COLOGNE - Islamic parents won a court victory in Germany this week allowing them to keep their children at the controversial King Fahd Academy in Bonn, a month after education officials ordered the pupils to transfer to public schools.

A Cologne administrative tribunal said the January orders from the Bonn municipal education department were legally defective in at least seven cases. More than 30 families were told last month that their exemptions from state schooling had been withdrawn.

In most German states, attendance at public school is compulsory for all children aged 6 to 16.

The orders were contested by the parents of 24 pupils, though three have since dropped their cases. The remaining 14 cases have yet to be decided by the tribunal in Cologne, just north of Bonn.

There were attempts to close down the school last year after a teacher gave a flaming sermon at school prayers calling for a jihad or holy war against the West. Officials said pupils were being drilled in Islamist ideas but not learning much arithmetic.

A supervisory board with German and Arab members approved in November a set of tough guidelines for the school, which oblige the academy to concentrate on education. The jihad teacher was fired.

The school, which is funded from Saudi Arabia, is to continue providing a religious environment with instruction in Arabic and the Koran alongside the normal German curriculum. It has about 460 mainly Arab pupils, of whom 200 are German nationals.

 

DPA
Subject: German news

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