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The government has ordered the takeover of one of England's first state-funded Muslim secondary schools, an institution where a child died and offensive books were found in the library.

The books stated that a husband can beat his wife and insist on having sex with her. They were found in the library of the Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, which became state-funded in 2001.

Amanda Spielman, chief inspector at Ofsted, the schools regulator, said Al-Hijrah would be taken over by an independent academy trust on the orders of the Department for Education.

The move follows a damning report by Ofsted inspectors who visited the school, which has about 750 pupils, after Mohammad Imaeel Ashraf, 9, collapsed there in March. He was taken to hospital but died soon afterwards.


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