Australia: Girls at Islamic school banned from running, teachers claim

The Muslim Issue

Henrietta Cook

Henrietta Cook
Education Reporter at The Age, April 23, 2015

Concerns running ban may ‘separate’ students

Religious divisions can sometimes separate students, says Victoria’s child welfare commissioner, but the alleged ban on girls running at Al-Taqwa is a “matter for the school community” .

Girls at Al-Taqwa College have been banned from running at sporting events because the principal believes it may cause them to lose their virginity, former teachers claim.

The schools regulator, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, is investigating the allegations, which have been referred to the state and federal education ministers.

It follows revelations in The Age last month that the principal of the Islamic school, Omar Hallak, told students that Islamic State was a plot by Western countries.

Al-Taqwa College principal Omar Hallak.Al-Taqwa College principal Omar Hallak.

In a letter sent to the education ministers this week, a former teacher said female students were being discriminated against at the Truganina school.

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