Oldham: School apologizes after Muslim students were forced to pray outside in the cold

The clip shared on social media shows the boys praying outside in the cold (Image: MEN Media)

Islam Students were forced to pray outside in the cold because there was no room for them in the school.

Images of boys at Oldham Academy North kneeling on the floor in their uniforms as the temperature dropped to near freezing last week, sparking outrage from parents.

In a statement apologizing for what happened, the high school blamed a lack of space inside the school after the flood.

Recent bad weather has caused chaos in much of the north, with flooding and power cuts still in place following Hurricane Arwen.

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Footage inside the school has been shared on social media this week, with some labeling the treatment of students as ‘disgusting.’

Oldham Academy North said 15 of the school’s classrooms were shut down due to the flooding, meaning there were no spare classrooms.

Its statement, released in conjunction with Oldham Council and Oldham Interfaith Forum, said: ‘Earlier this week, social media photos began to go viral of students at Oldham North Academy praying. outside wish.

The school said there was no room for boys inside the building (Image: MEN Media)

‘Oldham Academy North, Oldham Interfaith Forum and Oldham Council want to address the understandable concern this has raised.

‘First of all, the academy sincerely apologizes. The school prides itself on its diversity and will never stop students from praying or ask them to pray outside.

‘This situation arose due to the lack of space in the school, the flood caused great damage and made 15 rooms unusable.

‘Since then, a room has been found for students to come to pray and we understand they are pleased with the space.

‘The Academy is writing to parents today to fully explain what happened and is pleased to meet with any members of the community concerned. “

Oldham Academy has apologized for the incident (Image: Google)

Oldham council leader Arooj Shah said he had spoken to the school and promised to investigate further.

He said: ‘Once we became aware of the issues raised at Oldham Academy North, we acted quickly to talk to the school to understand what had happened.

‘After speaking with school leaders, I’m glad they’ve apologized to those affected and will be writing to parents to explain.

‘Oldham is a proud and diverse district and I know that Oldham Academy North sees this as a strength of the school.

‘We will continue to communicate with the school on this matter to investigate the exact situation.’

Oldham Mosque Council Development Officer Mufti Helal Mahmood said his institution would work closely with the school going forward to ‘make sure incidents like this can be avoided in the future. ‘

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