Scotland's Only Muslim School Faces Closure

April 28, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

On April 28, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "Scotland's only Muslim school was yesterday warned it faces closure in six months after it was severely criticised in a damning report by inspectors. The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMI) said the quality of learning and teaching at the all-girls Imam Muhammed Zakariya School, in Dundee, was 'very poor' and needed to be improved as an urgent priority. It also said that apart from the headteacher, all of the school staff were aged 20 or under. None had any teaching or child-care qualifications. Pupils at the independent school had little contact with the outside world and were confined to the inside of the small school building and its garden for two weeks at a time, according to the report. 'Overall, the girls had few opportunities for personal and social development,' the report said. 'They were not being encouraged to develop a broad experience of citizenship or prepare themselves as British Muslims living in a culturally diverse society.'"