Indian teacher to sue primary school in UK

Indian teacher to sue primary school in UK

44-year-old Sudhana Singh claimed that one mother complained: "That bloody Indian woman should not be in charge of our children."

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Singh said "some pupils at Moorlands Primary School, in Reading, had deeply held racist attitudes".

Children told her how their parents "hated blacks".
Singh claimed that the school governors failed to investigate her formal complaint of racism among parents.

The report said that a petition among parents calling for Singh to be sacked was organised and it was handed to the local education authority.

Reading borough council, which maintains the school, then gave the go-ahead for an independent inquiry.

Singh said she was "horrified that the council caved in to the demands of the playground mafia."

She claimed she was placed on compulsory leave and "frogmarched" from the school while the inquiry continued.

Singh, who is currently signed off sick, is suing the school's governing body and the council for alleged race discrimination, harassment and victimisation. She is also seeking compensation for hurt feelings.

Shazia Khan, her solicitor, said, "My client has a fundamental right to feel safe and secure at work. "She has brought to the attention of her employers very serious allegations of racial harassment, for which she believes she is being victimised."

In legal papers submitted to Reading Employment Tribunal, Singh tells how she had a hitherto highly successful 20-year teaching career.

She is of Indian-origin but started her teaching career in South Africa. She was deputy head at a primary school in Slough, Berkshire, before joining Moorlands in September 2009.

A council spokesman said: "In view of ongoing legal proceedings we cannot make any comment at this time."

The tribunal is due to be heard later this year.