By Grace Wilson
MUSLIM teachers have blasted the BBC as “bigoted and Islamophobic” after a documentary about Muslim schools.
The Panorama investigation by veteran journalist John Ware claimed children were exposed to extremist preachers and fundamentalist Islamic groups.
He also revealed that a network of 40 part-time Saudi schools were offering to teach the Saudi national curriculum, and standard textbooks showed children the correct way to cut off thieves’ hands and feet.
But tutors at the London School of Islamics (LSI) branded Ware an “Islam basher”.
Spokesman Iftikhar Ahmad added: “The Panorama show was a confused and sensationalist bit of film-making.
“Yet the Islamist schools in the documentary were all rated as good or excellent, and this was confirmed by their own presenter.”
Last night the BBC said it “stood by the documentary 100%”.
School watchdogs are now looking into why part-time schools can escape Ofsted inspections and will report to Education Secretary Michael Gove, 43.