School to tender public apology to Sikh student
An Australian School has decided to tender a public apology to a Sikh student, whom it refused admission for wearing turban and having long hair under its strict uniform codes. Read on...Updated: Sep 02, 2008, 09:16 IST
An Australian School has decided to tender a public apology to a Sikh student, whom it refused admission for wearing turban and having long hair under its strict uniform codes.
"In an out of court settlement, Brisbane's Ormiston College, a private school, had offered a public apology to the family of 12-year-old child," Sikh family's lawyer Scott McDougall said today.
A Sikh family had initiated a case last year after the school, told them their 12-year-old son could only attend school if he cut his hair and did not wear his turban.
The family, whose identity has been kept confidential for legal reasons, filed a claim with Anti-Discrimination Commission, Queensland against the college and its headmaster Brett Webster.
"The main thing they wanted was broader understanding within the community to the importance of being able to choose an education whilst maintaining your religious beliefs and identity," McDougall was quoted in an AAP report today.
"We are hopeful that other schools will take note and it will not be repeated upon the Sikh community," the lawyer said, adding the boy was attending another private school where he was allowed to wear his turban and was doing well.
Principal Webster said the school was pleased the case was now resolved.
"What we have done is we have agreed to look at our policies and that is a commitment we will take seriously," he said, adding "and if there is a need to modify our enrolment or uniform policies to remain aligned with Anti-Discrimination Act then we will do so."