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New controversial guidelines issued by Schools Secretary Ed Balls as part of the Government’s “de-radicalisation” strategy have been greeted with a certain amount of caution and cynicism from teachers and Muslims alike.
Teachers are being asked under the guidelines to extend their ‘in loco parentis’ responsibilities to monitoring whether pupils in their charge are developing extreme views and informing the authorities, including the police, where there are concerns. It comes after similar guidance was sent to local authorities in June that also dismisses such issues as foreign policy, discrimination or racism, and even counterterrorism measures themselves, as contributing factors.
New guidelines for universities and colleges were revised this year after controversial measures to spy on Muslim students and Islamic associations were rejected unanimously by lecturers. In May 2007, the University and College Union voted to “oppose the ethnic profiling of students and staff for the purposes of immigration control or security purposes.” It warned the Government that it would “challenge incursions of the security and immigration services onto university and college campuses” and said it defended the right of 185,000 members to refuse to cooperate with attempts to “transform education into an extension of the security services.”
According to the latest dTmarche issued by Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, teachers in Britain are being trained in the latest techniques of espionage.
The new legislation meaning that the next generation of Muslim community leaders from 16 to 25 year-old would be groomed to be leaders of British government’s liking. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has already spoken of extending the de-radicalisation process to the media, culture, sport and arts. The plans of the government on tackling, what they call, radicalisation, are to be extended to every area of Muslim life, especially targeted at the younger generation and now also led by their peers. Giving evidence to the House of Commons Defence Committee on October 21, Security Minister Lord West warned that “to stop this radicalisation of extremists is going to take - and I get into trouble for saying this - about 30 years, I think.”