Letter: Islamic perspectives

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The Independent Online
Sir: Randhir Singh Bains (letter, 12 January) expresses doubts about our ability to deliver the national curriculum in the two newly state-funded Muslim schools. We "cannot be serious" about "integrating the Islamic ethos into the [curriculum]," he claims, and he's right. Such a move would be difficult and not altogether desirable.

What we will and can do, however, is to deliver the national curriculum from within the Islamic ethos and perspective of the schools. This will ensure that the education on offer will be broad, balanced and Islamic. What your correspondent calls "a narrow Islamic education" is a contradiction in terms.


Development Officer

Association of Muslim Schools of United Kingdom and Eire