Teacher who ran secret wrestling classes for Muslim boys thrown out of profession

Teacher who ran secret Islamic wrestling lessons for boys thrown out of profession

A maths teacher led wrestling classes (Stock image)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A teacher who set up wrestling classes for male Muslim students has been thrown out of the profession.

The training sessions were held by Azam Zia on weekends and were available to Muslim children from Icknield High School in Luton.

The classes took place between August and November 2015 at Tokko Youth Space, according to Court News UK.

The boys were allowed to wrestle one another in order to settle conflicts and were trained by the maths teacher alongside another man.

No insurance policy was in place to protect the children, despite the unnamed man having close physical contact with them.

Children were paying up to £20 for each class, but their parents thought they were attending maths tuition with Zia.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership found the maths teacher guilty of several misconduct charges, which he also admitted to.

However, Zia claimed he had also asked girls to join the sessions, but they had chosen not to. The school was not aware of the wrestling lessons.

The maths teacher was also found guilty of other misconduct charges, due to turning up late to work 13 times between December 2014 and September 2015.

Zia can apply to overturn his prohibition order in 2019, but he is currently banned from teaching in England.