Suspended on last day of school [8]

Suspended on last day of school [8]

There are 11 comments on the This Is Leicestershire story from Dec 24, 2010, titled Suspended on last day of school [8]. In it, This Is Leicestershire reports that:

A primary school head teacher has been suspended on the last day of term. Zaheer Mohamed was told by governors to relinquish his role until further notice at Linden Primary School, in Evington, Leicester , on Tuesday.

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Reading, UK

#1 Jan 7, 2011
About tym!

Leicester, UK

#2 Jan 7, 2011
Rose wrote:
About tym!
Rose do you know what you talking about?

Nuneaton, UK

#3 Sep 2, 2011
02 September 2011

Dear parents,

My name is Aabida Darvesh and I was an assistant teacher at Linden Primary School up until the end of last term.

I am writing to you as I feel it is now my duty to inform you of the actual facts behind the stories (as it involved me) surrounding the head teacher Zaheer Mohamed who was suspended by the previous school governors and who was the actual cause of so many of the problems at Linden Primary school over the last 12months.

Last year I applied via the official channels for a request for time off for religious purposes, specifically for Hajj as allowed for under the LA agreed policy for leave. This was declined by the head teacher who never informed the governing body of the request even though they had the overall responsibility for dealing with such requests. I held a meeting with the headteacher to review my request and to discuss if possible, a workable solution could be found in order for me to fulfil my Hajj.

During this meeting he taunted, belittled and humiliated me with numerous religiously discriminatory derogatory comments such as “go and work in an Islamic School and become a Mulla if you want to go Hajj“, along with threatening my job if I pursued the matter, he also expressed his views on my religion (Islam) within the workplace and the fact that his name should not let me think he was a Muslim as he was not a Muslim. He stated that “this is not an Islamic school and this school does not accommodate religion.” His extreme views and behaviour as a head teacher left me humiliated and considering my position.

After taking advice and talking to my family I believed I had no choice but to file a grievance in relation to his conduct. I was placed on paid leave until my grievance was heard by the LEA due to the nature of my grievance.

My grievance against the headteacher’s conduct was heard by the governing body chair and the LEA jointly. After a full investigation I was informed by the LEA and Chair that the head teacher was found to have lied during his interviews and statement which placed his credibility and conduct in serious doubt. My grievance was therefore upheld to my amazement as I thought the matter would be swept under the carpet. The headteacher and myself had the right to appeal this decision. The Head teacher represented by his union decided not to appeal the decision by the Chair of Governors and LEA to up hold my grievance.

When the outcome of the grievance was declared, Reena Kapadia HR from the LEA, asked me if I would like to continue working in the school or another school. I decided to continue working at Linden as the matter as far as I was concerned had been dealt with, however I did highlight that I was afraid that I would be the subject of hearsay. Both the LEA and governing body Chair gave express reassurance that they would provide support to me in and would meet with me over a period of time to ensure no problems arose. Content with this, we officially agreed a return date at the end of Nov 2010 and a status review date.

Nuneaton, UK

#4 Sep 2, 2011
As the headteacher did not appeal the grievance, the governing body thereafter started to take a course of action against the headteacher which I was neither consulted nor informed of as this was nothing to do with me and concerned disciplinary matters which resulted from my grievance, his conduct during the grievance and past similar grievances investigated against him which I have subsequently learned about from parents concerned. Soon afterwards the headteacher was suspended during his disciplinary investigation. As feared, there were rumours emerging within the school that the suspension of the headteacher was in relation to a request for Hajj. This created a very difficult working environment for myself as I felt that I was the topic of conversation.

I was even further distressed by the LEA failing to communicate with me and that they were publically announcing that the LEA were looking to reinstate the headteacher. They was no due consultation nor consideration for my well being within the school, nor for the larger religious community which attended the school, who would be deeply offended and disturbed about his view and conduct if it became public.

I consequently filed for a further second grievance as I was not offered any support since the issues against the headteacher became public, and throughout my working day, staff speculated on the matter in my presence. It took approximately 3 months for this second grievance to be taken seriously and the request was only processed after significant pressure was applied in the form of copying in counsellors and MP’s. Throughout this time I was placed in an extremely difficult and stressful position as I had to put up with people vocally making derogatory remarks over the individual who filed the grievance against the head teacher and the circumstances surrounding it.
I was the victim in this whole affair yet I was provided no support and instead was allowed to be turned into the guilty party. I maintained a high level professionalism and integrity throughout and I lost all faith in the LEA process which was suppose to protect victims not lynch them. All this hastened my consideration to leave the school.

I trust this provides you all with some clarity that many of you having been longing to find out since the release of private and confidential information in the media. I can only urge all of you to think about the implication of the past last 10 months and the impact of such intolerance for religion within the workplace and more specifically prejudicial Islamaphobic views held by Zaheer Mohammed at Linden primary school and in the wider educational field. The blind support of the LEA for such views should also be questioned in terms of community cohesion.

Yours faithfully,

Aabida Darvesh

Leicester, UK

#5 Sep 8, 2011
I went to Linden school when it first opened in the 50's,later my 2 children went.I supported the school for several years and was shocked to find out that the head had been suspended.
I spent some time googling to try and find out the real truth behind this.I have just read the posting by Aabida Darvesh who has put a different slant on things.
I am christian and if I had just started a new job,I WOULD NOT EVEN DREAM OF ASKING FOR TIME OFF LET ALONE DEMANDING IT.I am shocked if true,that the head was rude and mocked Aabida Darvesh for her faith,however in the work place I say dedication to the job comes first with perhaps religion a poor second,third or no where.
Aabida Darvesh has now lost all confidence in the LEA and has resigned,just as well I think and if she had never worked at the school I assume there would never been any problems in the first place.
My guess is any potential future employer will run a mile when they find out who she is and the trouble she caused,unless perhaps it is in a muslim school.
Today I found out the head has been given his old job back and that the extreme previous governors were dismissed,so wonderful news and common sense has prevailed,our modern society has no room for religious bickering.

Leicester, UK

#6 Sep 10, 2011
Rose wrote:
About tym!
What do you mean by about tym,TIME ??,you need to explain what you mean with some reasons to justify your comments.

Leicester, UK

#7 Sep 12, 2011
A message to Aabida Darvesh.
So were you able to go on a Hajj as you were on paid leave during part of the investigation of your grievance,as am not in the know of the dates.
I also am puzzled by how badly this head behaved if your version is correct and in context.Why would the union and LEA back him if he was such a bigot.You also said he had done similar things before,so this makes it even worse.
As a christian,from my experience, the governments of this country including LEA's have for years bent over backwards to pander to the sometimes unreasonable requeats of various ethnic/religious minorities.However you have painted an entirely different experience.As I said in an earlier posting,insulting and humiliating a person because of their religion is very wrong,but many muslims do this to jews especially and christians are not safe,equal or free in many muslim countries where jews are often despised.
In Saudi Arabia,where you would I think go for a hajj,christians are not allowed to practice their religion at all,they cannot even take a bible in to the country. In Pakistan a christian can be executed for saying anything against your prophet,SO PERHAPS ON A WORLD SCALE YOU SHOULD APPRECIATE THE MANY ADVANTAGES AND FREEDOMS GIVEN TO YOUR AND OTHER RELIGIONS IN THIS COUNTRY.
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen",so perhaps a muslim country would suit you better,however in many muslim states women are not even allowed to be educated let alone go to work,so in balance should you think yourself lucky or fortunate to live here ???
John Macale


#8 Sep 15, 2011
I am sure 50yrs ago when you went to this school it was very nice and also very nice when your children went there.
50yrs ago most black people were treated as second class citizens and it was a white, christian mans world.
I am also sure you had front row seats at the Midland Hotel in 1968 when your hero Enoch Powell made his wonderful "Rivers of Blood" speech. May be this is where you get your ideas and thoughts from. Unfortunately for you the world has moved on and you no longer go to this school. People like Zaheer Mohammed have no place in a civilised society let alone a place in a school as a head teacher. He is a rubbish head by all account as the school has been going down hill in performance for the last 3yrs look at the Ofsted result. Most parents now look at him with distaste and would which he would no longer darken their school but unfortunately the white heirchy of the LA have once again imposed their imperial will. The guys a racist simple as.
Lastly get a real name, calling yourself BigChristoff doesn't make you big. The only thing it makes you is a Bigot
marie nottingham

Leicester, UK

#9 Sep 15, 2011
unbelievable you call yourself a head teacher shame on you!!!! and people like you!!!! here in this country we have always shown care and kindness and respect to all regions. and you BigChistoff you call yourself christian, if you known better then you should respect other people, if you even bothered to read it probably then its not about going to hajj its more to do with respect of another region, you idiot. i say you should sue the LEA and head.

Leicester, UK

#10 Jan 3, 2013
I went to Linden and I am now at Secondary school. Mr Mohammed was a very good head teacher. He taught me everything he knew, he was a very friendly head and one of the best.

Leicester, UK

#11 Jun 25, 2014
All the teachers are mean as they tease you just cuz you can't say your r properly . Then evaryone teases you . Shame on you linden you made my friend crying

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