Resignation of Arif Qawi chair of governors at St Stephens Primary School

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I find the remarks of our chair of governors Mr Arif Qawi at St Stephens Primary school on his media page and recent suggestions on Hijab and fasting ban somewhat provocative and personal. I strongly believe an individual held in such a position as his should refrain from making these offensive comments:

” Deprived part of London, filled with Asian immigrants, along with more recent arrivals from Africa. The children are overwhelmingly Muslim, with some coming from extremely under privileged backgrounds, and largely born to parents who are neither highly educated nor speak English. The majority of our kids also spend a couple of hours after each school day in the local Islamic Madrasa. I am on a personal crusade to severely limit the islamisation process.”

For a person of his position to hold these undermining, ideological and insulting views worries me as a parent at St Stephens Primary School. At St Stephens Primary school there is no place for religion hatred. Banning the hijab - this is dictating freedom of choice, no one should be able to dictate what someone wears and what not to wear, especially if this is within the remits of the Department of Education guidelines. We are in the 21st century. Curbing Freedom of religious expression is tantamount to fascism! It does not make you any more British by not wearing a hijab (Primary reason given for banning the Hijab).

Any degree of banning fasting will not help children to integrate in British society. They are already integrated into British society, we value and embrace with open arms any person from any background, race, religion or colour, this is British society I belong to and respect.

This is victimisation and with immediate effect we demand that Arif Qawi is removed from his position.

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