Islamic schools urge parents to boycott new Amsterdam high school

Fifteen Islamic primary schools in Amsterdam are urging parents not to send their children to the new Islamic secondary school due to open in the Dutch capital in September.

The organisation says the founders of the new school ‘have totally no experience or affinity with education’ and a spokesman told the NRC the new school board members are ‘cowboys acting against the general interest’.

Last week, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court ordered the education ministry to fund an Islamic high school in Amsterdam, making it the second Islamic high school in the Netherlands.

State-funded faith schools are sanctioned in the Netherlands under freedom of education rules, if they have sufficient pupils and meet the proper standards.

Junior education minister Sander Dekker had refused to fund the school because he had doubts that it would contribute to ‘active citizenship and social integration’. Dekker said he had reached this conclusion after a board member, who has since left, backed IS on social media.

Amsterdam’s education alderman Simone Kukenheim has also said she has no faith in the school’s board.

Redouan Boudil, who is director two school groups urging the boycott, told the NRC the new school will damage the image of Islamic education.

‘We have worked so hard to polish up our image, we are not going to let that be ruined by a bunch of idiots,’ he told the paper.

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