The Federal Government has effectively reinstated the Commonwealth funding of the Islamic School of Canberra by accepting the Islamic Practice and Dawah Circle (IPDC) as the Approved Authority for the school, ending a long and controversial link with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC).
For over two years, the school has been in on the cusp of closure after the Federal Government announced they will be ceasing funding for the school primarily due to governance issues. A new Board, headed by Azra Khan and consisting solely of Canberra Muslim community members then sought to address those issues ultimately leading to the transfer of the land and the school to the IPDC late last year.
Since then the school has worked tireless to demonstrate to the government that it had resolved the outstanding issues. Remarkably, in that period it retained most of its dedicated teachers and increased the student numbers.
The school released a statement by David Johns, Principal, and Dr Rafiqul Islam, Chair of the School Board:
“This has been a long and involved process over many months and the reinstating of funding now means that we are well prepared to continue to grow our school into the future. A guarantee of funding means that we can continue to invest in quality teaching and learning practices, develop our school facilities and develop a strategic plan that involves increasing year levels, student numbers and school capital works.”
Dr Majharul Talukder, Board Secretary, thanked the community and asked them to continue to pray for the school’s success and support it in any way they can.
The School Board thanked the parents, students and staff for their patience, the previous Board members for their hard work and the Association of Independent Schools for their support.
They also thanked the Department of Education and the ACT Education Directorate who have worked closely with the school in seeking the reinstatement of funding.
An event to share information with the school community and show gratitude is planned in April 2018 at the school.