[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 2 February 2007, 19:54 GMT
Teacher sacked over religion row
Andrew McLuskey
Mr McLuskey said the school was too quick to sack him
A supply teacher has been sacked from a secondary school following complaints from Muslim pupils.

Andrew McLuskey was sacked from Bayliss Court Secondary School in Slough after a Religious Education lesson discussing the pros and cons of religion.

Pupils at the predominantly Muslim school claimed Mr McLuskey said most suicide bombers were Muslim.

But he rejected the allegation and said the school was too quick to sack him without giving him right of reply.

"Very unjust"

He expected to complete an eight week contract at the school - but was sacked after only several days.
Ray Hinds.
Deputy head teacher Ray Hinds says the pupils were very upset

"I feel it's very unjust," he said.

"I think I should've been given the chance to respond to the allegations and not in effect be ejected from a job without the chance to defend myself."

The school authorities denied they were being heavy-handed and said their first priority was pupils' welfare.

"I don't think it's important what I think," said the school's deputy head teacher Ray Hinds.

"It's what the pupils think that were in the classroom at the time. And they were very upset."

Andrew McLuskey talks about his dismissal

Parents halt school mosque trip
21 Nov 06 |  London
Muslim abuse 'rising in schools'
13 Nov 06 |  Education
Prayers at school 'lead to abuse'
13 Nov 06 |  Education

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific