Seven primary school Somalian head teachers have been arrested for holding private meetings with the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabab which its aim was to discuss possible changes to the school curriculum.
In April, the Islamist militant group issued a statement threatening to punish teachers as well as parents who gave children a secular education.
The seven teachers, from Jowhar town, would be charged with meeting members of an outlawed group, the Education Minister for Somaliaâ€™s Hirshabelle state, Mahad Hasan Osman said.
He added that schools were expected to adhere to the official curriculum, and could not change it because of pressure from al-Shabab.
Mr Osman said that the teachers were arrested some 15km outside Jowhar as they were returning from the talks with the al-Qaeda-linked militants.
“They had meetings with al-Shabab and they were attempting to change the schoolâ€™s curriculum to suit what the group believes, which is implementation of strict Islamic law.â€™â€™
The militants control territory outside Jowhar, which is some 90km from the capital, Mogadishu.
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