Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hasidic teacher accused of slapping pupils 

SOME children taught in ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools are suffering educational neglect and being subjected to corporal punishment, according to official documents and testimony from community figures.

Two Hasidic schools that teach ultra-Orthodox Judaism — Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz School and Talmud Torah Yetev Lev school, both in Stamford Hill, north London — have been threatened with closure after inspectors from Ofsted, the schools watchdog, found systematic failings in teaching and measures to protect children’s safety.

One of the schools was found to be disciplining pupils by threatening them with corporal punishment or actually slapping them. Sources also complain that the curriculum in some Hasidic schools is too narrow, with most of the day devoted to religious instruction in Yiddish or Hebrew.


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