A college lecturer has been sacked after defacing a poster on display at a college to say it was racist. The poster at Sandwell College promoted the Prevent scheme – the legal duty for teachers to report students who show signs of being drawn into violent extremism. David Muritu said he had acted in “a moment of frustration” but felt the strategy unfairly targeted Muslims. Sandwell College said it expected staff to “act professionally”. The Universities and College Union (UCU) warned industrial action was now an option. Read more
The People's Review of Prevent
The People’s Review of Prevent is an alternative review to the Government Shawcross Review.
This review provides a voice to the people most impacted by the Prevent Duty.
Prevent is described as ‘safeguarding’ children from harms. However, under Prevent, safeguarding is focused on protecting the wider public from children believed to be ‘risky’, rather than protecting children from harms.
Throughout our report we present case studies that show how real these harms can be and the distress they cause to children and their families and carers.
The new Universities and College Union general secretary has accused the leadership at Sandwell College of “everyday racism” after it sacked lecturer Dave Muritu. In an interview with FE Week, Dr Jo Grady said there is “everyday racism in colleges”, and that “we have seen that just this week with someone being dismissed at Sandwell”. Muritu was fired by the college last week for writing the word “racist” on a poster promoting the Prevent strategy. Despite admitting to drawing on the poster and apologising for his actions, the lecturer was dismissed for gross misconduct on the grounds of “serious damage to college property”, “bringing the college into disrepute” and “use of inappropriate language”. Read more
The University and College Union has called for a maths lecturer to be reinstated after he was dismissed for writing the word “racist” on a poster promoting the Prevent programme. According to the union, Dave Muritu was dismissed for gross misconduct by Sandwell College, in the West Midlands, on Wednesday. He is said to have admitted to drawing on the poster and apologised for his actions but was summarily dismissed last week. Read more
Sandwell College sacked UCU branch secretary Dave Muritu for gross misconduct after he wrote on a poster promoting the controversial Prevent programme. Muritu apologised for his actions but, although the college acknowledged that his actions didn’t bring the institution into disrepute, he was summarily dismissed. UCU believes such a heavy-handed and disproportionate response from the college had to be down to Muritu’s trade union activities. Read more