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Posted by on May 17, 2021 6:45 pm
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Carrying knives in NSW public schools will be banned as the government moves to close a loophole that allows members of the Sikh community to carry ceremonial daggers to school for religious reasons, reports AAP.

NSW education minister Sarah Mitchell announced the ban on Tuesday in response to a stabbing at Glenwood High in Sydney’s north-west two weeks ago.

In the interim I’ve also asked the department to send advice out to our schools today updating our policy to say that knives for religious purposes will be banned in government schools.

We need to act and I think that’s in line with community sentiment and it’s also in line with my responsibilities as minister … I have to make sure that our schools are safe places for our students and staff and that’s why we need to take this action.

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