Australian School Apologises for Refusing Sikh Pupil

September 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AFP

An exclusive Australian school on Tuesday apologised for refusing to enrol a 12-year-old Sikh boy unless he discarded his turban and cut his hair to conform with the school's uniform regulations.

The apology formed part of a settlement won after the boy's parents complained to Queensland state's Anti-Discrimination Commission after he was turned away from Ormiston College in the eastern city of Brisbane in 2006.

Sikhs were outraged by the school's stance as their religion mandates that the faithful should wear turbans and not cut their hair.

"Ormiston College has apologised for any hurt that may have resulted from the decision, and have undertaken to review their enrolment practices and uniform policy to ensure that it does not act in breach of the Anti-Descrimination Act 1991 (Queensland)," the school said in a statement.