15 May 2013

Lagos state bans hijab in public schools

Olayinka Oladunjoye

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday insisted that the usage of other appendages, including Hijab, a head scarf for female Muslim pupils will not be allowed in the state public schools.
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday insisted that the usage of other appendages, including Hijab, a head scarf for female Muslim pupils will not be allowed in the state public schools.
The State Government maintained that pupils in its public schools would only be allowed to wear conventional uniforms to school.
State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, disclosed this at the ongoing ministerial briefing to commemorate the sixth anniversary of Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration.
She said, “I summoned a stakeholder’s meeting that was chaired by the Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Alhaji Oyinlomo Danmole. The Muslim students were represented at the meeting, Lawyers were represented. We discussed the issue at length and we reached certain agreement.
“We agreed that students could only use their Hijab when they want to go for prayers, when they want to read Qur’an, and when they are going for Jumat prayer on Fridays.
“It was agreed that no student should wear Hijab on her uniform. Doing so, will cause confusion and break down of the law.
“Whoever wishes that his daughter should be wearing Hijab while going to school and within the school should send such child to a private Muslim school,” Oladunjoye emphasised.
She noted that the knotty issue which had been on since she assumed office required urgent solution which had resulted to the latest decision.

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