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Teacher sacked after 'making pupils kneel and pray to Allah' during RE lesson
From The Daily Mail. Rather an odd story. If the teacher was found not to have done as alleged why was she sacked? What was she sacked for?
A teacher has been sacked after parents claimed that their children were forced to pray to Allah during a religious education lesson.
Alison Phillips was accused of giving two pupils detention after they refused to kneel down and 'pray to Allah' during the class.
However, an investigation by the school concluded that there was no truth in the allegation.
Parents were outraged after stories emerged that the two boys, aged 11, were allegedly punished for not wanting to take part in a practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.
They said children should not be forced to take part in the exercise, which included wearing Muslim headgear, was a breach of their human rights.
The school suspended the teacher last July after receiving complaints and a lengthy disciplinary process was carried out.
A statement released on behalf of the school by Cheshire East Council said: 'It can be confirmed that following a long and rigorous disciplinary process, a member of staff at Alsager School has been dismissed from her post.
'The member of staff was suspended in July 2008 following parental complaints and newspaper reports relating to an RE lesson. In reaching this decision, the governing body wish to make very clear that they were completely satisfied that at no point did that member of staff make children pray to Allah or put boys in detention for refusing to do so.
'The RE lesson in question contains an element of role play which complies with acceptable practice.'
Parents had claimed that their children were made to bend down on their knees on prayer mats which the teacher had got out of her cupboard.
Possibly she will take the education department to the Employment Tribunal and all will be revealed. Update. The Telegraph carries a further paragraph from the statement by Cheshire East Council.
After full consideration of a range of other professional issues, the governing body was satisfied that an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between employer and employee had occurred and that the employee should be dismissed from her post.