Osmani Primary school has announced that it will now consult parents on its controversial plan to rename the school, following an appeal from Mayor John Biggs not to go ahead with the change.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs called on the school to rethink its plans after details emerged that it planned to rebrand Osmani school as ‘Vallance Primary School’. The Mayor wrote to the Governing body ahead of their meeting on Tuesday 24th January, asking them to consult parents before making such a controversial change. Tower Hamlets Council had debated the plans last week, after Mayor Biggs introduced a motion outlining the importance of the Osmani name to the Bengali community, and expressing concern at the plans.
Mayor John Biggs said: “I am pleased that the Osmani school governors have taken the decision to consult more widely with parents on changing the name of the school. It is only right that parents have the chance to give their views on a big decision like this, so I thank the governors for listening to my request. Like all schools Osmani faces challenges and I am happy to work with the school to see how the council could help and support them.”
“Osmani Primary school opened in 1986 on the site of the former Montefiore Secondary and is named after General Muhammed Osmani, who fought in the British Army in the Second World War. He was born in 1918 to an affluent family in Sylhet, in India’s eastern Bengal province, now Bangladesh, who became an Indian civil servant before joining the British Army at the outbreak of War. He is a highly respected figure in Bangladesh and due to his prominent role in the establishment of Bangladeshi independence is a key figure in the story of the birth of Bangladesh.”