Update: Surrey City Council Approves Plans for Private Sikh School

May 30, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat


On May 30, 2006 Sikh Sangat reported, "Surrey city council approved plans Monday night for a private Sikh school backed by Ripudaman Singh Malik, one of two men acquitted in the 1985 Air India bombings. About 400 people packed a Surrey council meeting for a debate on the proposal for the religious school, which will teach Sikh culture, history and religion to elementary and high school students. Municipal councillors approved a rezoning application to let the proposal proceed. The school's backers say there is a dire need for the school in North Surrey, and questioned the motives of those who opposed it. 'Eighteen hundred people are going to cause a havoc in traffic? I don't think so,' Prem Vinning said to applause from supporters in the audience. The Vancouver businessman is also the founder of the Satnam Education Society, which opened the first Khalsa School in Vancouver in 1986 and a second Sikh school in Surrey in 1992."