The British government has informed a Charedi school in Hackney that it is not permitted to have an admissions policy that forbids incoming kids from using social media at home.
Even though Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School receives government subsidies, the Office of Schools Adjudicator determined that the admissions policies violate the law.
The office ruled in its conclusion that only public actions could be necessary or prohibited for admissions purposes.
The government claims that social media activity is private, even though the school views it as public.
The agency claimed that home entertainment is “strictly not allowed,” according to Yesodey Hatorah’s entrance policies.
The adjudicator interprets this as “any entertainment accessed online through any computerized device.”
Online gaming and other forms of social interaction are included here.
The adjudicator believed that the word “house” was inconsistent with the need for confirmation from a second party as if the event were taking place in the open.
The agency also informed the school that its existing entry maximum was too low and that it might be obliged to admit more kids this year.
Religious schools that receive state funding may set requirements for levels of adherence as long as they are “fair, unambiguous, and objective.”