Primary school reverses decision to BAN the Hijab for young children after parent backlash

A primary school has reversed its decision to ban the Hijab for under 8’s.

The school initially took the decision to ban the Hijab for under 8’s, but this has since been reversed.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “It is a matter for individual schools to decide how to accommodate children observing Ramadan, and to set uniform policies.

“We issue clear guidance on uniform and to help schools understand their legal duties under the Equality Act.”

Headmistress Neena Lall said:

“A couple of years ago I asked the children to put their hands up if they thought they were British.

“Very few children put up their hands. Very few thought they were British. So I thought, okay we’ve got some work to do here.”

However, the ban is no longer in place due to a backlash from parents.

Weak weak weak.

Schools should be able to make and implement their policies without parents holding them hostage.

Westmonster summed it up well saying: 

“How can girls under 8 make the choice about whether they wear the headscarf? If a school, which was selected as the best primary school in the country, by the way, can be hounded like this for wanting to promote integration it sets a very worrying precedent for the future of the British education system.”

Our previous article about this matter.

London primary schools BANS girls from wearing hijabs to ‘improve integration’

A leading primary school in East London has banned all girls aged under eight years old from wearing hijabs in an attempt to improve integration.

Chiefs at the school have also decided to stop children from fasting for Ramadan while on school property as it is ‘unfair’ on staff.

According to a report in the Daily Mail:

The top state primary school in the country has banned girls under eight from wearing hijabs as well as fasting among young pupils.

St Stephen’s primary school has called on the government to take a firm stand and follow suit rather than leaving schools to create their own rules.

The school in Newham, east London, has demanded that parents don’t allow their children to fast throughout the school day during Ramadan – when pupils will have to sit summer exams.

The chairman of governors at St Stephen’s, Arif Qawi, has proposed that the Department for Education should ‘step up and take it out of our hands’.

He added: ‘We did not ban fasting altogether but we encouraged them [children] to fast in holidays, at weekends and not on the school campus. Here we are responsible for their health and safety if they pass out on campus. It is not fair to us.’

Mr Qawi annouced that he had spoken to Muslim clerics who told him that boys should fast from puberty.

However some children at St Stephen’s were fasting from the age of eight or nine which Mr Qawi said just seemed wrong.

He said: ‘It is unfair to teachers and very unfair to governors. We are unpaid. Why should we get the backlash?’

Headmistress of St Stephen’s, Neena Lall, backed the change in a bid to make the pupils feel more integrated into the school.

 


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