London – The Department of Education (DOE) has ordered that the Charedi Talmud Torah Tashbar school in Stamford Hill must close its doors after three separate Ofsted reports gave it a failing grade in meeting the “minimum” teaching standards required by law.
INDEPENDENT.co.uk (http://ind.pn/1TZA8P9) reports that the school, which has been operating illegally for 40 years, teaches its students no English at all and its Hebrew-only curriculum has been designated by Ofsted inspectors as encouraging “cultural and ethnic insularity because it is so narrow and almost exclusively rooted in the study of the Torah.”
Despite a statement last month by Chief Inspector Schools, Sir Michael Winslow, that the government was considering prosecuting illegal “faith” school that “promote intolerance,” no official action has been taken and the school remains open.
A DOE spokes man said, “It is a criminal offence to operate an unregistered independent school. This school’s application for registration has been rejected and on 30 December it was informed of this decision. It has been told to close by 12 February.”