That ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in London that sent out a letter saying that all children driven to school by their mothers would be turned away has, after being told by the government that this was illegally, decided to rescind that policy. They’re not changing their mind, though.
On Wednesday, the commission wrote to the sect saying its “actions are unlawful under the Equality Act 2010”. The group runs Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass, a boys’ primary school, and Beis Malka, a primary school for girls.
The schools had said that, from August, any child driven to school by their mother would be turned away at the gates. The letter said the ban was based on the recommendations of Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach, the Belzer spiritual leader in Israel.
But now Ahron Klein, chief executive of the schools, said the ban was made without the approval of the governors and that mothers would be able to drive to the schools.
“The headteacher sent out the letter on behalf of the spiritual heads of the community, who had not taken into account the implications of such a policy,” he said in a statement.
He added: “The school believes that women have a choice about whether they want to drive or not, and our policy is to accept all children who are members of our community, which we have been doing for the last 40 years.”
Klein pointed out that the letter to parents setting out the ban explained “our values may be compromised in [women] driving a vehicle”. But he added that it also said the schools respected individual choices.
If your values are compromised by a woman driving a car, your values suck. And so do you. And your misogynistic God.