The students of the Islamic School of Canberra are believed to return for the next term despite the withdrawal of $1.1 million funding by the government.
The Islamic School of Canberra’s Commonwealth funding ends this Friday but the ACT government will continue to finance the school with $400,000 annually to keep it in proper operation. After the announcement of the withdrawal of federal funding for the Aussie Islamic school, it was expected that the school would be compelled to close, but ACT Education Minister Shane Rattenbury said that the school might continue for term two.
“The Islamic School has indicated to the ACT Government that they intend to remain open until the end of this year,” the ABC quoted Rattenbury as saying. “Then beyond that, they have sought registration through to 2021. We are operating on the basis that they assure us they have enough funds to continue. But we need to work with them further to get more information on that.”
The school has been given an extension to appeal to the February decision of fund cuts until April 26. The minister added, however, that prior to making any decision relating to the Islamic school remaining open, it will be made sure the school could run properly even without the regular funding from the government. “The withdrawal of Commonwealth funding of $1.1 million a year is obviously very significant,” Rattenbury said. “But if the school is able to identify a way to replace that funding and remain financially viable then there is no reason they shouldn’t continue in the ACT.”
The Canberra Times reported that the sister school of the Islamic School of Canberra, Malek Fahd, seems to have already shut down. Malek Fahd school authorities lost the appeal to receive $19 through the federal government to continue operations, therefore requiring its 2,400 students to be admitted in other schools across western Sydney.