The British Department for Education says that up to 1,000 13- to 16-year-old haredi boys are missing from the state-authorized school system and are instead being illegally taught in haredi yeshivas.
British Government Warns Haredim To Enroll Their Children In Legal Schools – Or Else
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The British Department for Education says that up to 1,0000 13- to 16-year-old haredi boys are missing from the state-authorized school system and are instead being illegally taught in unregistered haredi yeshivas, The JC reported.
A letter sent to the yeshivas invites any unregistered haredi yeshivas that meet state educational standards to officially register. It also asks for a list of pupils identified either by name or by letter or by number who are 16-years of age or younger.
The Department for Education says it believes the haredi yeshivas have illegal students because the number of haredi male students in officially registered haredi schools is significantly less than the number of female students in officially registered haredi schools.
By law, children aged 16 and below had to attend a state-registered school. The was recently changed to include 17-year-olds and, in 2015, 18-year-olds – but these older students do not have to attend state-registered schools.
Independent schools do not have to teach the national core curriculum of secular subjects, but by law they must teach some secular subjects and must be inspected by the state to make sure they are complying with basic educational, social and safety requirements.
“[Independent schools] must comply with a number of regulatory requirements including the quality of education, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils; welfare and health and safety; suitability of staff; premises; information; and handling of complaints,” the Department for said.
Few unregistered haredi schools are thought to fully comply with these requirements or to adequately teach secular subjects – if they teach any secular subjects at all.
In its letter, the Department for Education noted that it has the right under law to inspect any haredi yeshiva it believes is illegally teaching young students. It also noted that failure to comply with the country’s educational law is an “offence [that can be prosecuted].”
The Department for Education's letter to yeshivas. Please click to enlarge: