British education should do more to tackle extremism

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Britain’s colleges and universities should be doing more to tackle Islamist extremism, it has been claimed.

According to home secretary Theresa May, education providers have become complacent regarding the issue and need to up their game. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph ahead of the launch of the revised Prevent counter terrorism strategy tomorrow, the minister explained that the government would cut funding to any Islamic group considered to be preaching extremist views.

“I think for too long there’s been complacency around universities,” she said.

“I don’t think they have been sufficiently willing to recognise what can be happening on their campuses and the radicalisation that can take place.”

A revised version of the Prevent strategy, which was initially released following the July 7th bombings in London in 2005, is due to be released tomorrow (June 7th).

The bombings killed 56 people after four home-grown militants detonated explosive devices on public transport vehicles in the capital .