The story repeats itself. The rector of the Toulouse Academy, Mostafa Fourar, announced this Monday, August 30 during his back-to-school press conference: the Muslim school outside the Al-Badr contract was reported to the Toulouse public prosecutor for ” various breaches “. “Two checks revealed obvious shortcomings,” he said.
For example, experimental scientific teaching cannot be guaranteed because of insufficient premises and laboratory equipment. And on the administrative level, here too there are many shortcomings, in particular poor maintenance of the register of teachers and students or the irregular presence of the director whose functions are delegated to unauthorized persons.
Following this report, the parents of the pupils were ordered to enroll their children in another establishment at the start of the school year. However, precision of size, “it is not at this stage of an administrative closure”, which could not be applied until after a court decision, further detailed the rector. “The law obliges us to ask parents to educate their children in another establishment so this school cannot accommodate students at this start of the school year.”
The Al-Badr school, which received some 130 primary and secondary school students before the summer holidays, was ordered in 2016 by the Toulouse Criminal Court to close its doors because of an education deemed non-compliant. Its director, Imam Abdelfattah Rahhaoui, renowned for his conservatism, had meanwhile been sentenced to four months in prison and banned from running an educational establishment.
But turnaround in 2018: the Toulouse Court of Appeal reversed this closure and released the director, following a priority question of constitutionality (QPC) filed by the defense lawyer. The school had then officially reopened, thanks to the constitution of a new cultural association.
But for the rectorate, nothing has changed. “They change their structure but finally, as soon as we do a check, we notice shortcomings. There is no mystery, it is the same people behind these structures,” lamented Mostafa Fourar this morning.
The rector of the Toulouse academy indicated that other establishments outside the contract and not necessarily religious could be subject to controls in the coming weeks. “We will be very demanding vis-à-vis these schools. Our inspectors will be mobilized to control the quality of training, consistency with educational requirements and especially compliance with the law.”
Mostafa Fourar also mentioned the case of this school in Bagnères-de-Bigorre in the Hautes-Pyrénées department, the Golden Buttons, whose teaching is inspired by the Steiner-Waldorf pedagogy. Three checks were carried out there and according to the rectorate, “no teaching that would allow the pupil to have the basis of mathematical, scientific and technological culture was provided”. Its closure was announced a few days ago.