Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg has written a letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove demanding urgent clarification over the temporary closure of a Muslim free school in derby.
– Stephen Twigg, Shadow Education Secretary
This is, of course, not the first time that there have been questions surrounding your department's oversight of a free school.
While I understand that there is an ongoing investigation, the reports concerning this school are of extreme concern to parents and the wider community.
Given the confusion as to why the school has closed, and that pupils may be returning to the school on Monday, I would ask that these matters be clarified urgently in order to reassure the public.
The temporary closure of a Muslim free school has raised serious questions about ministerial oversight of the creation of the Government's flagship institutions, Labour has said.
Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said swift answers were needed about the Al-Madinah school in Derby, and that the situation must be "clarified urgently in order to reassure the public".
The school opened in September last year but closed its doors temporarily on Tuesday over a health and safety issue just hours after Ofsted began an inspection.
It follows claims that female teachers at the school - which claims a "strong Muslim ethos" - were forced to wear hijabs even if they were not Muslim.