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Abuse of the flag does not an Aussie make!
A BRISBANE Islamic school has banned the national anthem at assemblies and sacked the teacher who asked for it to be played,Â The Courier-MailÂ can reveal.
Australian International Islamic College teacher Pravin Chand was sacked in November, four months after his proposal for students to sing Advance Australia Fair was ruled to be against the “Islamic view and ethos”.
A memo sent to teachers at the Durack school in July and obtained by The Courier-Mail, also said “the singing of the anthem will be put on hold”.
The revelations follow an outcry on the Gold Coast this week at a plan by the same college to open another campus at Carrara. A vocal crowd draped in Australian flags accused the college of promoting segregation, anti-Australian values and even terrorism.
Muslim leaders slammed the protests as “un-Australian” and claimed religion should not be used as a reason to protest against a school.
School chairman Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari yesterday denied the anthem ban and said students sang it “at every function”.
But Mr Chand, whose version of events was backed by a second teacher, said he had not heard the anthem once this year.
“No national anthem to me means no integration with Australian kids,” Mr Chand said. “Western values (at the school) are a no-no.
“It’s like a paramilitary camp that place.”
Mr Chand’s employment was terminated by the college board last month on the grounds he was “not fitting into the school’s ethos”.
Outgoing principal Azroul Liza Khalid, who started at the school in July, said she had not heard the anthem once at assembly, although it was played two or three other times.
Ms Khalid said she was told by a board member not to play the anthem or any songs on Friday because it was a holy day. In July, school assembly day was moved from Monday to Friday.
A spokeswoman for Education Minister Rod Welford indicated it was unlikely a public school had banned the national anthem.
“It’s not compulsory for schools to play the national anthem,” she said. “There’s an expectation it would be played on formal occasions when the Australian flag is being raised.”
A Catholic education spokesman said: “I’m absolutely confident that no Catholic school has ever banned the playing of the national anthem and never will.”
School trustee Keysar Trad and Imam Quddoos said they had not heard of the ban and supported the playing of the anthem at future assemblies.
The future of the proposed 60-studentl college at Carrara will be decided by Gold Coast City Council next year.