February 17, 2018
The Department of Education (DoE) has been accused of “covering up” evidence that over a thousands pupils, unaccounted for in mainstream education, were actually being educated at illegal Jewish faith establishments in London.
Physical violence and sexual abuse of children is alleged to have taken place inside the premises.
The pupils had been moved to illegal Jewish schools operating in the London borough of Hackney and the evidence destroyed, according to an investigation by The Independent:
The Department for Education has been aware of the problem since 2010 but does not appear to have taken any steps to act against the destruction of these records.
An investigation by The Independent also found that more than 1,000 children are missing from schools in London and are at risk of abuse in illegal faith schools. The schools are ultra-Orthodox Jewish faith schools at which boys are placed from the age of 13, and where they receive no education beyond studying religious texts. A number of pupils leave school with little or no ability to speak English, and few – if any – qualifications or skills which equip them to work, or live independently.
Data analysis by the British Humanist Association (BHA) reveals that the Government’s own records show that thousands of Jewish boys drop off records of registered school children. Currently, more than 1,100 children are missing from these records in London.
Campaigners say that the boys often start off in legal, state primary schools along with their sisters.
However, their religious beliefs are that boys should dedicate their lives to intense study of religious texts exclusively once they reach their Bar Mitzvah age of around 13. Daughters are not expected to undergo the same education because it is not seen as theologically important for women to have a deep understanding of religious texts when their primary role is looking after their families and the home, and so girls largely remain in legal, state schools.