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Government to end funding for SA Islamic school

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 16/02/2017
Senator Simon Birmingham at the Education Ministers meet in Adelaide. © AAP Image/David Mariuz Senator Simon Birmingham at the Education Ministers meet in Adelaide.

The federal government has axed funding for a controversial Islamic school in South Australia.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham announced today that his department will no longer fund the Islamic College of South Australia in Adelaide from April 13.

Senator Birmingham said the school had failed to comply with financial reporting requirements, including the submission of quarterly reports.

"It is disappointing that after the number of chances this school has been given and the constructive work the Department has been doing with the authority since NovemberĀ 2015 the school has still failed to meet the reasonable standards and expectations placed on them," Senator Birmingham said.

He said the government had not taken the decision lightly but was left with no choice but to withdraw funding.

"The school authority is not meeting the strict conditions placed on them in AprilĀ 2016, which included obligations around improvements to governance and financial management and regular reporting on progress in making the required changes."

The Commonwealth Government provided $4 million to the school during last year.

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