twitter Instagram fb logo 2

Members login

Members have exclusive access to the PV Toolkit ‚Äčand other resources. Affiliate with Parents Victoria now to gain access.

News Banner

 

The Herald-Sun published an article yesterday stating that, "A loophole in Victorian law is allowing certain students to bring knives to school, despite the type being used in a recent NSW school stabbing."  The article refers to the kirpan, a knife that initiated Sikhs are required to carry at all times by their religion. The issue has become controversial since a student was allegedly stabbed with a kirpan in NSW recently. 

PV's Executive Officer Gail McHardy was interviewed for the article. Gail said, "Victoria should “take heed of the NSW experience and review its legislation and advice to schools. Even with rules, regulations and required communications, this will not mitigate every potential risk if we allow for exemptions, (like) wearing a kirpan. It may not be the student (person) who the kirpan belongs to that causes the harm but access by others remains a possibility.”

The Herald-Sun article is behind a paywall but you can read it if you have a subscription.

 

Our full response

Here's the full response that Parents Victoria provided to the Herald-Sun on this topic:

Considering only just recently (4 May) our Victorian Government announced a new Bill being introduced into our Parliament for debate and decision about Protection of School Communities.
 
Parents Victoria (PV) were aware of the search and seize powers given to school principals introduced some years back. 
PV expressed our concerns then, and would again now,on Govt and Employer expectations on their school leaders to manage and enforce these policies, it's riddled with risk.
 
Victoria should take heed of the NSW experience and review its legislation and advice to schools accordingly and all stakeholders should be invited to the table for the discussion.
 
PV pursues a broad goal of ensuring that public education is compulsory, inclusive, secular, and equitable for all, so no one particular religion should be exempted when it comes to everyone's safety in a school.
 
Even with rules, regulations and  required communications this will not mitigate every potential risk if we allow for exemptions i.e. wearing a kirpan.   It may not be the student (person) who the kirpan belongs to that causes the harm but access by others remains a possibility. 

facebook

Latest news and views

on our Facebook page

Click the tab ====>>

website button covid

Relationship Based Education

 

button-affil

Membership of Parents Victoria should be a priority action

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Registered Charity

Parents Victoria, Powered by Joomla!; Joomla templates by SG web hosting