The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting children are being forced to sit in sweltering classrooms at a Sydney school, while its former board members are officially accused of using taxpayer funds inappropriately.
The Mallek Fahd school in Hoxton Park, has received up to 70 letters addressed to the principal demanding answers as to why it has failed to provide students with air-conditioning.
“Children have been crammed into double classes from kindergarten upwards when the thermometer hits 36 degrees and above,” said a kindergarten parent who did not wish to be named, told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Another parent told the Sydney Morning Herald:
“For over a year, parents have been promised that all children will be provided air-conditioning,” another parent told the Sydney Morning Herald, “Unfortunately, week after week, the parents have been stonewalled.”
Mona Kassem, the principal of Hoxton Park campus has so far not commented on the parental concerns.
The complaints come as anger grows within the Malek Fahd school community over the alleged mismanagement of funding across its three campuses in Greenacre, Beaumont Hills and Hoxton Park.
Last week, the federal government announced that it would strip $19 million in Commonwealth funding after it found significant issues with its governance processes.
Despite being a private institution, the 2400-student school, one of the largest in NSW, relies on taxpayer funding for up to 75 per cent of its income. It is one of six schools run by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) currently under investigation by the federal government.
Parents, staff and board members are due to gather at the school for a meeting to decide the future of the school on Monday afternoon.