SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) – In the application to start the school , the Association of Muslim Mothers said that the school would teach its pupils Arabic and Islamic values as well as the standard subjects on the curriculum , replacing the subject of Religion , Philosophy and Ethics with Islam , Religion and Philosophy .
The school aims to have 200 students , and is expected to look for premises in the east side of Oslo , where most of the city’s immigrant population lives .
Both Norway’s opposition Labour Party and the anti-immigrant Progress Party , which is part of the government coalition , spoke up against the plans .
” I’m concerned that if we begin to group ourselves by religion , it will weaken the inclusiveness of Norwegian society , ” said Trond Giske , the Labour MP who chairs the Norwegian parliament’s education committee . ” We spend a lot of money on inclusion in Norway , and now we are apparently going to be spending it on segregation . “
” These kids need to be in an environment with other Norwegian children , ” said Camilla Wilhelmsen , who leads the Progress Party in Oslo . ” The community is already to some extent segregated and this will not make it any better . “
The Association of Muslim Mothers has fought for more than a year to open the school and has had its application turned down several times .
Today , Oslo has a Muslim kindergarten , the Mosaikk Barnhage , but no Muslim schools