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Inspectors probe alleged takeover by Islamist hardliners at 15 schools in Britain

Published on Apr 13, 2014 10:24 PM

LONDON (AFP) - The government has ordered inspections of 15 schools in Britain's second-biggest city after allegations that they are being taken over by Islamic hardliners, officials said on Sunday.

A row has been brewing in Birmingham for weeks since the local council received an anonymous letter alleging a plot to force a change of leadership at four state-run schools.

The aim was apparently to impose a conservative religious agenda, turning parents against head teachers by telling that the school is corrupting their children with sex education, promotion of homosexuality and making them take part in Christian prayers. Unnamed school staff have since made accusations about gender segregation and the bullying of non-Muslim staff.

The central English city has one the highest Muslim populations in the country. The 2011 census found 22 per cent of residents were Muslim, compared to 4.8 per cent nationwide.

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