AUSTRALIA'S largest Islamic school at Greenacre has won a reprieve from closure after the Federal Court ordered the Federal Government to release millions of dollars of withheld funds last Thursday.
The Government cut funding to the school in April after an audit found its board, run by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, was making a profit.
Last Tuesday, the school's new board lodged a Federal Court appeal for the release of $6.5 million of withheld funds, and in court last Thursday, Judge John Edward Griffiths ordered the restoration of the money owed, and continual monthly funding payments.
Malek Fahd's battle to stay open however is not over yet, with the school contesting a separate case to secure funding on a permanent basis.
A Federal Department of Education spokesperson said in a statement that it considers Malek Fahd Islamic School remains non-compliant and has defended its decision to withhold funding.
Outside court last Thursday a newly appointed school board chairman, John Bennett, said he was relieved and would be telling the 2,440 students to have their uniforms "pressed and ready" for their return to the classroom.