Teachers asked to inform on terror students

Teachers will be encouraged to inform on extremist students as part of a Government counter-terrorism strategy.

Home Secretary Theresa May wants universities, colleges and prisons to train staff to “recognise the signs of radicalisation”.
She also said the Government would increase inspections at schools to root out extremist teachers.

The measures are part of the new Prevent strategy, outlined in Parliament.

It will focus on 25 areas in England targeted as terror hotbeds, including Birmingham, Leicester, Luton, Manchester, Leeds and some London boroughs. Mrs May said: “Prevent aims to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.It will challenge extremist ideology, help protect institutions from extremists and tackle the radicalisation of the vulnerable.”

She added: “We will not fund or work with organisations that do not subscribe to the core values of our society.
“Above all, Prevent will tackle the threat from home-grown terrorism.”

Mrs May also said there would be a crackdown on muslim hate preachers and extremist websites.

In the Commons she said a terrorist attack on Britain was still “highly likely” and an overhaul of Labour’s “failed” policies was needed.

But Labour accused her of political “point-scoring”. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said there was a gap between Mrs May’s rhetoric and the reality of the Government’s policy on terrorism.”

Shakir Ahmed Director of Passion Islam said “The new Prevent programme is just worded differently but nothing really has changed in it, how can you introduce something which has failed within the community and millions of pounds wasted, the previous government made a huge error in the formation of prevent and the way it was run and this government have made exactly the same mistakes, wasting millions on a project which has been a failure at a time when government are making cuts in services just don’t make sense”