Help pressure the government to restore Australian school's funding
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Imagine already struggling to make ends meet, living pay-to-pay each month, as a single mother, father or struggling in the modern world we live in. And then, imagine, being told that your next payslip was your last. And then losing your job because of the mismanagement of others.
A few years ago, the fraudulent external management board, AFIC, swindled government funding and hardworking parents’ fees, spending profits externally, instead of spending the money on the rightful recipients, students of Malek Fahd Islamic School. Since a government crackdown, AFIC has been removed, and a new school board of well-qualified, and educated individuals has been elected, including current Chairman UNSW Professor Dr. John Bennett amongst others. Since then, the new board has worked on a volunteer basis, day and night,to solve the crisis and reinstate the lost funds by complying with the standards set by the Australian government.
However, due to issues pertaining to AFIC the Education Minister, Mr. Simon Birmingham has frozen the school’s funding, and now the fate of 2650 staff & students hangs precariously in the balance. If this decision persists, the school will be unable to reopen in Term 3.
Students in Year 12, completing their HSC, already facing immense levels of psychological and emotional stress, have their futures hanging in limbo, unsure if they will even be able to sit their trials and HSC exams in school.
If the funding is not reinstated, the school will face closure and students & staff will be displaced, ripped apart and separated. Hundreds of teachers will be unemployed, and thousands of Australian children across three different campuses will be forced to relocate in the already overcrowding education system, adding more pressure onto them and parents.
We are just like any other school, teach the normal Australian syllabus with hardworking, determined teachers and students. The school has complied with all of the regulations set by NESA. So why are we facing such a sudden and imminent closure?
The closure of the school will be a great catastrophe for all the students and teachers and will be a great loss to the community. Why should the parents, teachers and students be punished for the actions of a fraudulent, mismanaging ex-board? Why punish the innocent?
This is a final request and attempt by the current school captains of MFIS. Our request is simple. We need time, and we request this to allow the new, well-qualified school board adequate time to develop a long-term solution. But for this, we need funding, urgently, so please, help us appeal to the federal government and let us save the future of all Australian children. Save our school.
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