Islamophobia

Principal of Redlands College, Mark Bensley, transfers Muslim student teachers after they wear hijab to school

THE principal of a Christian College has come under fire for transferring two student teachers after they turned up for work dressed in traditional Muslim headwear.

Mark Bensley

Redlands College principal Mark Bensley has defended his transferring of Muslim student teachers. Source: News Limited

The two women, in their final year of a teaching degree, had started a work placement at Redlands College this year.

In a newsletter addressed to the school’s parents on Tuesday, principal Mark Bensley outlined his reasons for dismissing the pair, explaining he had acted out of a “duty of care”.

“I have a duty of care to ensure that those teaching at the College are actively supporting the Christian principles, practices and beliefs of the College,” he wrote.

“I see the wearing of the hijab as openly acting in a manner that is contrary to or inconsistent with these principles, practices and beliefs.”

The principal explained that he had arranged for both students to transfer to another school to complete their respective field work.

“While I respect their desire to wear a hijab, I feel it’s inappropriate to do so at Redlands College,” he wrote.

Source/Read more at: News.com.au

 

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