A Muslim student (SA) was in her form class when the form tutor began a discussion on “British values”, posing questions on democracy, governance, the law in the UK, before asking them to fill in a questionnaire on whether they though these structures were “good or bad”.
The tutor clearly said he wanted the class to evaluate whether such political structures were positive or negative. He then asked SA and her fellow students to fill out the questionnaire.
SA wanted to know why they were being asked such questions, as this was form time and not a politics class.
Her form tutor replied that they would be discussing a number of different types of laws such as Hindu and Christian law.
He then refereed to shari’ah law in a derogatory manner, calling it “brutal.” He referred to Islam’s penal code and marriage laws.
Prevent Watch has seen a number of cases in which questionnaires concerning Islam are given to students.
These questions it would appear seem to try and categorise a student’s theological background to ascertain whether they are considered “extremist” or not.
These types of questionnaires appear to vilify normative Islamic opinions.
Furthermore, the questions posed are generally not age appropriate since students of the age of SA may not have the capacity to discuss such subjects.
This is especially compounded by the fact that education is becoming more securitised, and schools are implementing the Prevent duty under the guise of safeguarding.