The Islamic School of Canberra is expected to remain open next term despite a major Commonwealth funding entitlement ending today.
- Commonwealth funding for the school ceased today
- ACT Government will continue to fund the school
- Ad hoc interim community board has plan B to keep school open
There were concerns the school could be forced to close, but ACT Minister for Education Shane Rattenbury said he expected the school would open for term two.
"The Islamic School has indicated to the ACT Government that they intend to remain open until the end of this year," Mr Rattenbury said.
"Then beyond that they have sought registration through to 2021.
"We are operating on the basis that they assure us they have enough funds to continue.
"But we need to work with them further to get more information on that."
From today, the Commonwealth has ceased funding the school after revoking $1.1 million in recurrent funding over concerns about how the money was being spent.
The school was granted an extension until April 26 to appeal the February decision.
"The withdrawal of Commonwealth funding of $1.1 million a year is obviously very significant," Mr Rattenbury said.
"But if the school is able to identify a way to replace that funding and remain financially viable then there is no reason they shouldn't continue in the ACT."
State Government funding to continue
Mr Rattenbury said the ACT Education Directorate was continuing to work with the school authority, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), on governance and financial viability.
"We need to know that the school can remain financially viable and that they have adequate governance mechanisms," Mr Ratternbury said.