Education minister Arie Slob has threatened to withdraw state funding from an Amsterdam Islamic secondary school accused of having terrorist links, if it refuses to let inspections take place. The Dutch security service AIVD has warned Amsterdam’s mayor Femke Halsema that the city’s only Islamic secondary school is being influenced by ‘undemocratic groups’ and that some of the schools’ leadership have links to terrorists. On Friday, Slob told the NOS Journaal news programme that inspectors would be returning to investigate the allegations. ‘Inspectors will come back, announced and unannounced, and…I have the option of cutting off funding for the school,’ he said. ‘It is unacceptable that inspectors cannot do their work to see what is happening with teachers and within the school.’ The Cornelius Haga Lyceum opened its doors in 2017, despite efforts by both the city council and the education ministry to prevent it from opening. The then education minister Sander Dekker had refused to allocate funding for the school, because a former board member was alleged to have shown support for IS on Facebook. Now the AIVD claims that pupils at the school are being influenced by staff with terrorist connections.
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