Ms Sara Khan was appointed by the home secretary to head the commission for countering extremism, following the major protests outside the schools in Birmingham over the LGBT lessons provided to the students. According to her, it was the poor response of the government to tackle the protests outside the Birmingham schools.
She said that the government was too slow to respond to the protests and said that the Department of Education could have done a lot more. She said that there was a lot of confusion on what was actually being taught and she thought that the Department of Education could have played a much more important role in helping the parents understand what was actually being taught to the children, instead of the misinformation that was speculated greatly.
In the month of February several parents started protesting outside the Parkfield Community School, the same school in which most students were Muslims. The parents protested to end the use of story books that consisted of same-sex couples, as part of a curriculam that focused in teaching about equality.
The protestors said that their children were their choice and argued that their religion did not accept homosexuality. Following the protests, the school suspended the “No Outsiders” programme, weeks later in order to consult with the parents. Apart from the Parkfield Community school, protests also took place at the Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham where the protestors said that teach about homosexuality was morally wrong and it was also incorrect to teach the young pupils about same-sex relationships.
In response to the protests, the school said that they were only educating the people about the diversities in society and all the different groups that are considered under the Equality Act.