A MUSLIM school has banned the national anthem at assemblies and sacked the teacher who asked for it to be played.
Australian International Islamic College teacher Pravin Chand was sacked last month, four months after his proposal for students to sing Advance Australia Fair was ruled to be against the "Islamic view and ethos".
A memo sent to teachers in July also announced "the singing of the anthem will be put on hold".
Yesterday, the Brisbane school denied it had banned the national anthem at assemblies.
The school chairman, Imam Abdul Quddoos Azhari, said students sang the national anthem "at every function, on every occasion".
But Mr Chand, whose version of events was backed by a second teacher, said he had not heard the anthem once this year.
"No national anthem, to me, means no integration with Australian kids," he said.
"Western values (at the school) are a no-no.
"It's like a paramilitary camp, that place."
Mr Chand's employment was terminated by the college board on the ground that he was "not fitting into the school's ethos".
Outgoing principal Azroul Liza Khalid, who started at the school in July, said she had not heard the anthem at assembly, although it was played on two or three other occasions.
Ms Khalid said she was told by a board member not to play the anthem, or any songs, on a Friday because it was a holy day. In July, school assembly day was moved from Monday to Friday.
The revelations follow a public outcry over a plan by the same Brisbane college to open another campus.
A vocal crowd draped in Australian flags and playing local rock anthems accused the college of promoting segregation, anti-Australian values and even terrorism.
Muslim leaders said the protests were "un-Australian" and claimed religion should not be used as a reason to protest against a school.
Local Education Minister Rod Welford's spokeswoman indicated it was unlikely a public school had ever banned the national anthem.
"It's not compulsory for schools to play the national anthem," she said.
"There's an expectation it would be played on formal occasions when the Australian flag is being raised."
A Catholic education spokesman said: "I'm absolutely confident that no Catholic school has ever banned the playing of the national anthem and never will".
The future of the proposed 60-pupil college at Carrara will be decided by Gold Coast City Council next year.
James O'Loan Herald Sun 5 Dec 2008