Al-Taqwa College in Victoria is now under investigation by the state's education regulator after claims emerged that principal Omar Hallak had banned schoolgirls from running out of fear that it could affect their virginity and fertility.
Al-Taqwa College in Victoria is now under investigation by the state's education regulator after claims emerged that principal Omar Hallak had banned schoolgirls from running out of fear that it could affect their virginity and fertility.

Islamic College bans running to save girls virginity: claims

SCHOOLGIRLS at an Islamic college are being told they are not allowed to take part in running at sporting events, with teachers claiming the principal believes it could cost them their virginity.

The bizarre allegations against Al-Taqwa College in Victoria are now being investigated by the state's education regulator.

The claims have also been sent up the chain to state and federal education ministers.

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The newest accusations published in The Age follow earlier claims that principal Omar Hallak had told students that Islamic State was a plot devised by Western countries.

According to a letter published in the paper, a former teacher said the principal "believes that there is scientific evidence to indicate that if girls injure themselves, such as break their leg while playing soccer, it could render them infertile".

Mr Hallak was also accused of stopping the primary school's cross-country team from competing in 2013 and 2014 district events.

He intervened after learning the students intended to take part, according to the claim.

The teacher said, "I look back on my time at Al-Taqwa with frustration and anger, which is how I felt most of the time while I was working there.

"I did my best to stay committed to the students however in the end, I was unable to provide the same opportunities to students that I was given when I was at primary school, more than 20 years ago."

Education Minister James Merlino has told Melbourne radio station 3AW the allegations would be scrutinised.

"I don't want to pre-empt any action that may be true, because the first thing we need to do is determine if these reports are true," he said.

 


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