DAILYKENN.com -- The largest Islamic school in Australia has lost government funding — about $19-million — due largely to the school's mismanagement.
Federal Department of Education's decision after a nine-month investigation into the school found it had been operating for profit and had ongoing governance concerns, according to smh.com.au.
We wonder why Australian taxpayers are footing the bill to educate foreign invaders.
A Sydney school will appeal the federal government's decision to cancel $19 million in Commonwealth funding that could leave up to 2000 students stranded within the first term of school.
On Tuesday, the board of Malek Fahd Islamic School in Sydney's west announced it would fight the Federal Department of Education's decision after a nine-month investigation into the school found it had been operating for profit and had ongoing governance concerns.
The school, which is the largest Islamic school in the country, has been embroiled in an internal civil war for more than a year.
In November the NSW Supreme Court heard it was in "turmoil" following three changes of chairman amid allegations that it was operating for profit.
In June 2015 the federal department launched an investigation after a string of sackings among senior staff members and principals, allegations of financial mismanagement and concerns over the delivery of the curriculum at a number of Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) schools, of which Malek Fahd is the largest.
Despite being a private school, the Greenacre institution survives almost entirely off Commonwealth funding.
According to MySchool data, the Sydney school received $17.5 million in taxpayer funding in 2013, making up 75 per cent of its income.
Division within the school climaxed in October when a chairman who had been ousted by the school allegedly visited with 10 supporters shouting "I am the chairman" and "I can appoint and remove anyone".
When Fairfax Media visited the school in December, parents and teachers were distressed about their children's future.
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