Islamic school’s gender segregation is unlawful, court of appeal rules

Source: The Guardian

Education editor

Schools in Britain will no longer be able to substantially segregate boys and girls, after the court of appeal ruled that a co-educational faith school in Birmingham had caused unlawful discrimination by separating the two sexes.

The court overturned a ruling by the high court last year involving Al-Hijrah school, a voluntary-aided mixed-sex state school that had been strongly criticised by Ofsted school inspectors for failing to uphold British values.

On appeal, Ofsted argued that the school had breached the 2010 Equalities Act by strictly segregating pupils from the age of nine, teaching them in different classrooms and making them use separate corridors and play areas. The segregation policy was also applied to clubs and school trips.

About 25 other mixed schools in England have similar rules and they now face having to overhaul their policies in the wake of the ruling by Sir Terence Etherton, the master of rolls, Lady Justice Gloster and Lord Justice Beatson.

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  1. The segragation policy is the ancient tradition, NOT relevant to be applied in technology times.

    Extremist Muslim ( isis) still want to uphold the ancient Islamic tradition completely as the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad pbuh.

    Hopefully all element in Society have to reject ancient Islamic law in order we can live in peace, harmony and happiness.

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