31 May 2016

Education minister refuses to fund Islamic school in Amsterdam

Junior education minister Sander Dekker has ruled out funding a proposed Islamic secondary school in Amsterdam in the latest stage of a long-running dispute. In a letter to parliament, Dekker said he was not convinced that the Amsterdam Islamic Education Board (SIO) could fulfill its ‘legal citizenship duties’, adding: ‘We cannot use taxpayers’ money to support a school where children learn to reject the Netherlands rather than become part of it.’

The row began two years ago when a member of the school’s management board, Abdoe Khoulani, openly expressed support for the aims of Islamic State. He immediately stepped down from the board, but Dekker criticised Kholani’s colleagues for not ‘immediately and unconditionally’ denouncing his remarks. [DutchNews] Read more