The Beis Aharon School in Stamford Hill, north London, has come under fire from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) recently, after their controversial teachings were exposed.
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According to The Independent, the Jewish school has been teaching its all-male pupils sexist principles, such as that a woman’s only role is to “look after children, clean the house and cook.”
In addition to this, the Ofsted report found that the school, which is reported to charge annual fees of £2,860, was not meeting the required standards for an independent school as it was found to be prioritising “the ethos of its faith” over proper educational standards and the upholding of modern British values.
“In discussions, the majority of pupils still express views about the roles of women and men that indicate that the school does not prepare them for the reality of life in modern British society,” the report states.
“Pupils universally consider that the role of women is to ‘look after children, clean the house and cook’, while men ‘go to work’.”
The narrow-minded view of women’s roles in society was not the only issue raised by inspectors. They reportedly also found that pupils were unable to show “mutual respect and tolerance to people of different faiths” and that their knowledge of varying cultures and religions was “very limited.”
This is the second time inspectors have investigated the school, after it failed its last full assessment in November 2014, The Metro reports. And while Beis Aharon is said to have made some progress since its last report, the required education standards are still not being met.
The report states that “younger pupils’ knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English remains poor and they struggle to recall the alphabet.” It gave further evidence of pupils’ limited knowledge of other faiths and cultures, with an example of how “leaders obscure any images in reading books of women and girls with short sleeves or of children swimming.”
And the word “Christmas” was reportedly crossed out whenever it appeared in a reading book being used in a Year 4 lesson.
According to The Evening Standard, the school was given a list of 34 points from The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 to ensure they adhere to the standards.