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Removing Malek Fahd School Board and Installing a Caretaker Board

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The intention of this petition is to request the Federal and State government to remove the governing body that is not acting in the best interests of those whom it is appointed to represent. In its place the community asks that the Government intervene so that our school continues to provide education to our children in the best manner it is capable of doing. We suggest that:
1. Government intervenes to dissolve the current school board that is appointed by AFIC consisting of AFIC members and their friends and relatives.
2. Government appoint a caretaker body consisting of state and federal representatives as well as members of the Islamic community to look after the school's affairs.

Why is this important? 
Over the last 15 months, 8 board members have either resign or have been removed because they demanded openness and transparency about payments, staff appointments and awarding of contracts. These board members were highly qualified professionals in their own rights with a mix of backgrounds and qualifications. The present Board was entirely appointed by AFIC and consists of AFIC executives, paid employees and other unqualified friends and relative of the AFIC President. In my opinion, the Board is not working for the interest of our children or the school. 

AFIC’s continual interference and the schools complete lack of transparency is probably the reason for the State Government not restoring the funding to the school which amounts to over 10 million dollars and counting. This does not include the 9 million dollars to be returned to the state Government. AFIC also owes the school 1.4 million dollars. It is no wonder that 12 staff members have been made redundant and other senior teachers in coordinator positions have been demoted, with more to come. In the meantime AFIC’s executive member’s children and friends who were employed most recently are still employed on handsome salaries. A board member who is also in charge of finances has helped himself to a pay rise without board approval at that time. In the meantime he demands the staff to bring their own stationary for school purposes and that the high school operates with 1 Arabic teacher and 2 Islamic Teachers for 1100 students.

What is more alarming to parents is that 300 – 500 students might be removed in order to comply with council regulations which limit the school to 1600 students.


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