Haga Lyceum overheard confidential conversations with inspectors


NRC has had discussions with four sources around the Islamic school. The newspaper also heard and verified one of the recordings. These are confidential conversations between educational inspectors. The conversations in an interrogation room within the school were recorded by an eavesdropping device hidden on the suspended ceiling.

Confidential conversations

In that room, conversations were held with school staff and students. Education inspectors also discussed the progress of the investigation. When the inspectorate got ‘suspicions’ that the room was being tapped, inspectors decided to have confidential conversations outside or elsewhere.

According to the sources, school director Soner Atasoy thus followed the investigation by the Inspectorate of Education. In a response, Atasoy tells NRC that he has not overheard the inspection. He does admit that he now has the recordings in his possession. He says it was ‘delivered on a USB stick’, but does not know from whom.

The inspectorate itself says that it has ‘concrete signals’ that inspectors at the school have been tapped. They are considering steps. An investigation into the Haga Lyceum is still ongoing.

Research inspection

The Inspectorate of Education conducted research into the Islamic school between March and May last year. The reason for this was a warning from the intelligence service AIVD, which feared a radical network around the school board.

After the investigation, the inspectorate wrote a critical report about the management of the school. It said that school flirts with ‘controversial contacts’. However, the inspectorate found no indications that the school is striving for Salafist education, something GISS warned against earlier. The school board would, however, conduct financial mismanagement and citizenship education would not be in order.

The case then ran high. Education minister Arie Slob threatened to turn off the money tap and then forced the school board to resign. At the beginning of this year, the judge decided that the board of the school should remain on. Slob’s measure would have been an “overweight”.

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