Teachers at Islamic College to wear hijab !
February 11, 201310:30PM
Teachers at Islamic College of South Australia's West Croydon campus ordered to wear hijab or face sack
SOUTH Australia's biggest Islamic school has warned teachers, including many non-Muslims, that they will lose their jobs if they do not wear a hijab to school functions and outings.
Up to 20 non-Muslim female teachers, who do not wish to be named, have been told they will be sacked from the Islamic College of South Australia's West Croydon campus after three warnings if they do not wear a headscarf to cover their hair.
The order, from the school's governing board and chairman Faruk Kahn, contradicts the policy of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.
Mr Kahn yesterday referred The Advertiser to AFIC for comment on the matter. "I have no comment ... I think you better go to AFIC, they are the only ones that are to make comment," Mr Kahn said.
School principal Kadir Emniyet did not return calls.
AFIC assistant secretary Keysar Trad said the policy was at odds with the national federation, but it was powerless to intervene.
"I'm aware there's a policy at that school with respect to the scarf," Mr Trad said.
"The AFIC policy is not to require any teacher to observe the hijab. In SA, the board itself has decided they want to operate in their way and we are not allowed to interfere in the matter.
"We maintain that staff should dress modestly but not be required by the nature of policy to wear the hijab."
Mr Trad said that matters of unfair dismissal resulting from teachers disobeying the school's hijab policy should be referred to Fair Work Australia.
"It's confusing for our children to see their teachers wearing the scarf in school and then they take it off when they are out shopping and the children see them there," he said.
"It is also a respect thing for our staff. If they are not Muslim they should not be forced to dress as Muslim."
One long-term teacher at the Islamic College of SA said a new school board was now "forcing teachers to put hijabs back on".
"There's no discussion ... you wear it or you're fired," the teacher said. "The teachers have always adhered to the policies and we are respectful of that.
"We are respectful of their religion but they are not going to respect us."
The college has about 800 students and 40 staff.
Guidelines from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils to other Islamic schools do not require teachers to wear hijabs.
Glen Seidel, state secretary of the Independent Education Union, said the union was monitoring the policy.
"Essentially it means female staff have to wear a scarf covering most of their hair, and not have legs and arms exposed," he said.
"In 2012, the requirement was being managed moderately, but with a new principal in 2013 enacting the decisions of a very conservative school board, there is no room for compromise."
Mr Seidel said the union's view is staff should be free to decide whether to wear a scarf.
"The ultimate test would be in an unfair dismissal action to see if that requirement would be considered a `reasonable direction' and the termination therefore being reasonable.
"This is not a matter (in which) religious organisations are exempted from equal opportunity legislation in order to not cause offence to the `adherents of the faith'," Mr Seidel said.
"Non-Islamic staff are not being discriminated (against) in their employment as it is the same code for all.
"Non-Islamic staff can, however, feel rightly aggrieved that they are being coerced to adopt the dress code of a religion to which they do not belong."
I say goodluck to them.
If they can impose their will in this Country and the "powers to be" allow it,then good luck to them.
Me,If I was in a position of power with this matter,I would close down the school if they pushed it, and, those screaming the loudest about infringement of rights would be immediately deported.
Australia is a Christian Country FIRST AND UTMOST with the right to chose how to dress.
God bless you all.
"Australia is a Christian Country FIRST AND UTMOST"
Australia is a Progressive Secular Society.
The sooner the unreasoned of all 'codes',
Learn it!, Live it!, Love it!
the better off we'll all be.
I think that colleges have a lot of weird rules, but this one is too much. I hated college, and If our teachers were forces to wear something so specific, they'd hate college too. But at least I could escape from the homework and ease my life, and they couldn't do something like that. I used to hire essay writer online, you cal learnmore infohere, and I think this service saved many students.
*** I think it's wrong to force someone to wear a hijab, especially if they are non-Muslims. What's the point? ***
among other things it is a rape prevention device ( at least to the Muslim mind)
now personally i would prefer the females to have the ability to defend themselves ( or better still have zero chance of being attacked )
but the Muslims have their own culture and rules
you either follow them , or choose another culture
I say goodluck to them.