Islamic school fights loss of government funding
Besides taking the local government to court, the school board is also refusing to step down.
Amsterdam – The governing board of an Islamic school in Amsterdam is taking the local government to court over the loss of its funding, reports Trouw.
The Amsterdam government has announced plans to reduce funding to As-Siddieq school group by EUR 200,000 after an alarming report of the national Education Inspectorate.
The report says the education provided by the primary school is not up-to-standard. The school board has also failed to meet agreements on citizenship and social integration.
The board is refusing to step down, as demanded by the local Education Councillor, Lodewijk Asscher.
In an unusual move, Deputy Education Minister Sharon Dijksma followed suit by withdrawing another EUR 225,000, five percent of the Amsterdam school’s total subsidies of 4.5 million.
The Islamic school, which has been under close scrutiny for several years, has failed to give precedence to ‘openness toward society’ and ‘basic values of the democratic constitutional state’.
As-Siddieq will still receive the funding if it improves its performance. However, the subsidy cut will become permanent if the school still has not met its legal obligations by 1 March.
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