Parents of children as young as nine have reacted angrily after schools in an east London borough asked pupils to complete surveys designed to provide clues to possible radicalisation.
Waltham Forest council has been piloting the scheme in five primary schools with large Muslim intakes.Ummm, well, yes. If you want to catch fish, you’ve gotta get your hook wet, haven’t you?
The programme has been funded with a €500,000 (£360,000) grant from an EU fund – the Radicalisation Leading to Terrorism Programme – designed to “identify the initial seeds of radicalisation with children of primary school age”.Heh! This means that anyone criticising this is criticising the EU, yes? Cat, pigeons, some assembly required.
But some parents have complained they were not consulted about the surveys. One parent of an 11-year-old boy at Buxton primary school in Leytonstone, who was asked to complete the questionnaire, said: “This is why we need to get involved with this, otherwise ‘monitoring’ like this goes unchecked and without vetting. No letter was sent home explaining this and I found out just talking to my son.”
Other parents expressed outrage on Twitter.
“This is shockingly Orwellian,” one said.
“Our kids don’t stand a chance. Guessing there’s going to be a big jump in home schooling.”They seems awfully familiar complaints, but I can’t seem to find a similar disapproving ‘Guardian’ article about this survey. They seem to think it’s a good thing.
Why, it’s almost as if they are utter hypocrites, isn’t it?