Sikh boy’s first day at school that refused him admission

“It is a great outcome. We are very pleased to hear this decision,” said Mr Arora.

After winning his legal battle at the Victorian Administrative and Civil Tribunal (VCAT), 6-year-old Sidhak Singh had his first day at school that refused to enrol him in 2016.

VCAT in September 2017 found that school had breached the Equal Opportunity Act by not allowing Sidhak Singh Arora, then aged five, to attend the school wearing a patka, or children's turban.

The Melton Christian College (MCC) recently changed its uniform policy to enrol Sidhak in the new academic year.

"To allow exceptions where genuine medical or religious grounds exist, such that Sidhak will be able to start at MCC in the beginning of the 2018 school year," reads the statement jointly made by Sidhak's parents and the school.

"MCC regrets the difficulties that took place with respect to the enrolment and the Arora family is grateful to the school for the amendments it has made to the uniform policy in order to welcome Sidhak to the school"...

...Sagardeep Singh Arora had earlier told SBS Punjabi that VCAT had ruled MCC has breached the state's Equal Opportunity Act by placing uniform conditions on his son’s enrolment. 

“It is a great outcome. We are very pleased to hear this decision,” said Mr Arora.

“The case will set a precedent for everyone else who wants their children to practice their religion or faith and cannot do it because some schools’ uniform policy excludes them from enrolment due to their appearance or their religious beliefs.”

The landmark case of Sidhak Singh Arora may have wide-ranging implications for schools and the uniform policies they set.

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