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domenica 16 giugno 2013

Lo scandalo della scuola islamica Ibn Ghaldoun di Rotterdam

Lo scandalo della scuola islamica Ibn Ghaldoun di Rotterdam: esempio di "nuova Olanda"


In questi giorni, la scuola superiore islamica Ibn Ghaldoun di Rotterdam è nell'occhio del ciclone, a causa del furto di esami per il diploma. Dalle ultime notizie, ben 24 esami sarebbero stati rubati e rivenduti. Avendo l'Olanda esami uguali in tutta la nazione, il furto ha rischiato di adulterare profondamente l'attuale tornata di diplomandi e, magari, di futuri universitari. Diciamo "ha rischiato" perché, perlomeno per la città di Rotterdam, gli esami verranno posticipati (e, vogliamo immaginare, modificati).

Ma che è successo, in pratica? Alcuni studenti della scuola, tra cui il figlio di Hassan Bofarid, storico direttore della stessa, hanno rubato, appunto, gli esami, rivendendoli. Il Ministero dell'Istruzione ha affermato che l'amministrazione scolastica non sarebbe coinvolta.

Ci sono però due "ma": il primo è che, secondo la polizia locale, non vi sono segni di effrazioni (come hanno rubato, allora, gli esami?); il secondo è che, curiosamente, la scuola in questione, sino ad un paio di anni prima, era considerata di basso livello, per quanto riguarda i risultati conseguiti dagli alunni, tanto da rischiare la chiusura. Ma, nell'ultima tornata di esami, è salita al quarto posto nazionale tra le migliori scuole?! C'è, quindi, di che pensar male.

Aggiungiamo che l'attuale direttore è il turco Ayhan Tonca, nell'occhio del ciclone anch'egli, in anni recenti, sia per la negazione del genocidio armeno del 1915, sia per l'aver dipinto le donne senza velo come peccatrici. Altro motivo di scandalo, i fondi pubblici elargiti alla scuola, ma utilizzati per pellegrinaggi alla Mecca, anche di persone non legate all'istituto. Sembra che siano circa 1.200.000 gli euro pubblici assegnati alla scuola, ma utilizzati in maniera impropria. Il bello è che Ayhan Tonca ha ricevuto, nel 2010, un riconoscimento da parte della casa regnante per il suo "contributo alla società olandese" e che, dal 1994, è impegnato nelle fila del partito cristiano-democratico.

Se questa è la "nuova Olanda"?!

  • Fifteen National Exams Leaked through Islamic School (NisNews, 12 giugno 2013):
Not just one but 15 national exams for secondary education school leavers have been stolen and distributed from the controversial Ibn Ghaldoun Islamic school in Rotterdam.
Last week, it emerged that the French exam at the pre-university VWO level of secondary education was stolen from the school's vault. Now, the Education Ministry says the same thing happened at Ibn Ghaldoun to 14 other exams.
Everywhere in the Netherlands the French exam at the VWO level was cancelled after the initial discovery two weeks ago. Some 17,000 pupils nationwide were forced to take the national exam - a new version - a day later.
Pupils across the country now worry they may have to redo their exams. But this is unlikely, as the Education Ministry says there are no indications that the 14 other exams that also disappeared from Ibn Ghaldoun were distributed to pupils of other schools.
Three persons have been arrested in connection with the theft, all Ibn Ghaldoun pupils. Police said there were no signs of a break-in. The Education Ministry however says there is no reason to believe the school management is involved.

The school management is controversial. Its director is Ayhan Tonca, a Turk who was forced to leave as a candidate-MP for the Christian democrats (CDA) in 2006 for denying the genocide by Turkey of Armenians in 1915. He also said women who do not wear a veil commit "a sin". But since 2008, he has been a member of the CDA's academic bureau and in 2010 he received a royal decoration for his 'contributions to Dutch society'.
Also, the Education Inspectorate discovered in 2007 that Ibn Ghaldoun had used government subsidies for pilgrimages to Mecca - also for Muslims who had no connection at all with the school. In total 1.2 million euros was spent on this and a series of other fraudulent constructions but the school refused to repay. Following the French exam's theft, weblog Geenstijl.nl and other media were already speculating that there have been leaks to the pupils of Ibn Ghaldoun before because the school has made a remarkable rise on the education quality ladder of the Education Inspectorate. In fact, last year Ibn Ghaldoun ranked fourth among the Netherlands' best schools. Only a couple of years earlier it was actually threatened with closure because its pupils results and the quality of teachers and lessons were labelled "very weak".


  •  Exam Fraud: All Rotterdam Diploma Presentations Postponed (NisNews, 14 giugno 2013):
Diploma presentations for all secondary schools in Rotterdam have been postponed. The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) must first establish the extent of the exam fraud at the Islamic school Ibn Ghaldoun.

"No further education final exam diplomas will be presented until end-June,” Rotterdam Education Alderman Hugo de Jonge announced Thursday. The decision was taken to give schools, teachers and parents the opportunity to look at whether individual pupils have committed fraud. “We want to prevent students obtaining a diploma to which they are actually not entitled.”

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the exam theft at Ibn Ghaldoun is even bigger than thought. According to the OM, not 15 but 24 exams were taken from a safe space there and sold on.

Because the exams for all pupils in the Netherlands are the same, where the stolen papers were distributed is being investigated. There are indications that pupils in Noord-Brabant bought the exams.

Remarkably, no teacher whatever remarked in any way on the theft. The exams were after all sealed. One of the three suspects is the 18 year old son of Hassan Bofarid, who was director of In Ghaldoun for years. He claims his son is innocent.

Exams at Ibn Ghaldoun have been interfered with before. Spokesman Bart Renders said Wednesday evening on TV programme Knevel & Van den Brink that in 2010, two lecturers were sacked because they filled in multiple choice questions correctly for pupils.

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