Muslim students leave class during Australian anthem

The Department of Education is standing behind a Melbourne school which is allowing Muslim students to leave the room while the Australian anthem is sung.

Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School has copped criticism for making allowances during Muharram, the traditional Islamic month of mourning. The observance prohibits Shi’a Muslims from taking part in joyous events, such as singing or listening to music.

In a statement, the Department outlined its support for “schools to be inclusive for all students”.


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