London: The British government is recruiting former MI5 agents to root out Islamic fanatics in schools across the country, Education Secretary Michael Gove has said.
The move comes after several reports highlighted that Muslim preachers of hate and other extremists may influence British school kids.
“We have been working with people who have been in the Intelligence Services in order to ensure that there is no-one from the wrong sort of background involved in education,” the Daily Express quoted Gove, as saying.
“And, I should add, not just with the free schools. There have been one or two disturbing cases with existing state schools where people have been trying to subvert them,” he added.
Gove also insisted that the government was determined not to allow anyone to establish a “free school”, which are designed to be formed by local communities and funded by the government.
“I’ve been crystal clear we should not have schools set up by extremists whether they’re Christian fundamentalists, Islamic fundamentalists or any other sort of outrageous and beyond-the-pale organization,” he said.
“We’ve set up a unit within the Department explicitly to monitor anyone who comes forward with a proposal for extremism,”