Several madrassas – religious schools often run by mosques – use “excessively strict approaches to discipline” to keep children in line, it was revealed.
Researchers said the imposition of hard-line rules on behaviour instilled a sense of “spiritual fear” in young people, marking them out from mainstream schools.
The study, by the Institute for Public Policy Research, found a number of examples of madrassas actually employing corporal punishment.
A ban on physical beatings, including the cane, was introduced in the 1980s.
But the legislation does not cover “supplementary schools”, including many madrassas, where lessons are taught for fewer than 12.5 hours per week. [telegraph.co.uk] Read more