Some might look at this as a case of the glass being half-empty, but at least they’re hiring a science teacher. That’s already progress.
Let’s hope he teaches something besides chemistry.
A Muslim boys’ school is facing claims of segregation after advertising for a temporary science teacher but making clear that women need not apply.
The advert published by the outsourcing company Capita requested a “Male Science Teacher” to cover lessons, including some mathematics classes, until the end of the current academic year on a short term contract for up to £150 a day.
It follows a storm over allegations that non-Muslim female staff at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby had been forced to wear headscarves in line with strict Islamic practices.
But it follows a similar advertisement placed by the Madani Boys School in Leicester last month for the post of “Male Technician” in the IT department.
The trouble is that a lot of these schools receive government funding. Tony Blair began funding Muslim schools, which until then were privately funded, opening up a whole can of worms.
I doubt that a female teacher would be particularly comfortable teaching in this school anyway considering some of the complaints by female teachers in UK Muslim schools. Banning them from putting up such ads or even forcing them to hire female teachers will accomplish nothing because they will simply harass them until they resign.
Personally I think that a school should be able to hire a teacher or any race, sex or religion it wants; but I think the left needs to be honest that such discrimination is a consequence of multiculturalism.
And that’s the important part.
The left pretends that its multicultural system is more inclusive. It’s not. It adds tiers of exclusivity and discrimination.
If you want to fill the country with Muslims from Pakistan, that means that women in the UK will begin experiencing some of the discrimination that women in Pakistan do.
It’s time for the left to have a serious dialogue about that instead of mumbling something about the BNP or the EDL, discrimination and the Iraq War and sidling away.