A school in a developed country – Great Britain.
$2,000 per year Girls’ High School, in Stoke-on-Trent, does not provide toilet paper, soap, or suitable drinking water for the students.
Sectarian material was found at the school.
A Muslim girls’ school has received the lowest Ofsted rating available after inspectors discovered that pupils were not provided with lavatory paper for “cultural reasons”.
Staff at the fee-paying Park Avenue Girls’ High School, in Stoke-on-Trent, said paper was available from the school office, but because most of the students were Asian, they preferred to wash rather than wipe.
But some of the girls told inspectors they were so unhappy about the situation that they avoided using the lavatory all day.
The school, which was visited by inspectors October, was rated “inadequate”, with the report identifying a range of concerns, including safeguarding problems and the discovery of sectarian material on the premises.
The Ofsted report stated: “At the time of the inspection, it was not the school’s common practice to provide soap for pupils’ hand-washing, toilet roll in the toilets or suitable drinking water.
“Toilet paper is available from the school office when pupils request it. Pupils told inspectors that they sometimes avoided using toilets for the whole school day because of this.”
But headteacher Abdul Ghafoor Salloo defended the policy, insisting the school catered for the cultural needs of the pupils.
“The children they do use the toilets and traditionally, because we are Asian, we wash, not only wipe. There are facilities for pupils to clean themselves,” he said.
“Some pupils, they avoid using toilets because they don’t like going in there.
“There are facilities for cleaning yourself in the toilet – it might be hard for someone who doesn’t traditionally wash to understand and washing is better than wiping clean.
The school inspectors also stated, “pupils are not safe in this school”.
The inspectors said the playground was also not appropriate because it presented too many dangers to pupils…
“For example, inspectors found windows, both single- and double-glazed, that were broken, sharp and accessible to pupils.”