Future of Australia’s largest Islamic school in doubt after federal government axes $20 million in funding

The federal government has pulled all of its funding for Australia’s largest Islamic school, potentially putting the centre’s future in doubt.

The Malek Fahd school in Greenacre, in Sydney’s southwest, was issued with a notice from the Department of Education yesterday detailing a stop to the funding.

Education authorities made the decision to revoke $20 million in Commonwealth funding from April 8, because the money was not being spent on education – a requirement for funding under the Education Act.
The Daily Telegraph has reported the decision to stop the funding comes after several warnings.

“I am committed to ensuring that all school authorities meet the requirements of the Education Act to ensure that our taxpayer dollar and any private investment by parents is being spent to benefit -Australian students,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham told the Telegraph.

The school will now be forced to rely on NSW Department of Education funding.

The NSW department ¬issued a statement last night, saying it: “will continue to work with the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training on these matters”.


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