SHAFAQNA -Â A Muslim teacher has claimed he was only able to secure a job interview at a London school after pretending to be a â€œwhite British applicant,â€ theÂ Newham Recorder reports.
Hamid Mahmood changed his name to â€œHarry Masonâ€ on his CV when applying for a Religious Studies teaching post at Langdon Academy for a second time, because he wanted to see if his â€œrace or religion had anything to do with the constant rejectionsâ€.
The experienced teacher said he was â€œshockedâ€ after receiving a job interview hours after applying with a different identity, claiming the outcome shows his â€œfears of discrimination are trueâ€.
However, a spokesman for Langdon Academy in East Ham has rejected Mr Mahmoodâ€™s claims, stating the academy has â€œa proud record of equal opportunities recruitmentâ€.
Mr Mahmood told the Newham Recorder that he had been turned down from thirty teaching posts in the last year despite having a first class Masterâ€™s degree and a distinction in his teaching qualification.
Mr Mahmood was also turned down for a teaching position at Langdon Academy in March last year.
Constant rejections from other schools prompted him to re-apply for the same position at Langdon when it reappeared in May, only this time with a different identity.
The 30-year-old claimed he changed his name and â€œdeleted any reference to Islamâ€ but said â€œno other changes were made to the CVâ€.
He added: â€œBefore I applied last year, I called them up and they seemed very positive about the application, but then when I applied I didnâ€™t hear back. Iâ€™m also sure that nobody else was hired because they re-advertised the job a month later in April.
â€œSo, when the same position came up this year in May, I decided to apply again but this time I changed my name to Harry Mason and took out any reference to Islam.â€
However, a spokesman for the school has â€œrefutedâ€ the discrimination allegation â€œentirelyâ€.
â€œAt Langdon Academy we are proud of the wide cultural and ethnic diversity of our staff and confident in our recruitment procedures,â€ he said.
â€œDuring 2014-15 we recruited more staff of Islamic faith than any other religious domination, including both new appointments to our Senior Leadership Team. The head of our Religious Education is also an Asian Muslim.
â€œOur formal complaints procedure is available on our website at bramptonmanor.org and, should Mr Mahmood wish to contact us directly, we would be happy to go through this with him.â€