London: A British Sikh head of a school has alleged that he was pushed out of his post by the school's Muslim governors for opposing their move to ban sex education classes and allow only halal food.
Balwant Bains claimed he was made to sign a non-disclosure agreement preventing him from making his concerns public and that he was “bullied and intimidated” in the months before he left Saltley School in Birmingham in November 2013.
Bains claimed the governing body wanted to scrap sex education classes and allow only halal food at the specialist state-funded science school, the ‘Sunday Times' reported.
The controversy at Saltley, which has about 950 predominantly Muslim pupils aged 11-16, is the latest involving claims about governors seeking to impose a greater emphasis on Islamic teaching and beliefs in secular schools.
Last week Ofsted, the UK schools inspectorate, conducted an emergency inspection at Park View Academy, a neighbouring school, after claims that non-Muslim staff members were being sidelined by a predominantly Muslim leadership.