Posted by Grand News | 14 November 2018
The ban on the use of hijab on uniforms in Lagos schools, has been lifted by Lagos State government on Tuesday.
This was contained in a circular, signed by A.O Olukoya for Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, entitled “Re-The Use of Hijab in Lagos State Public Schools.”
According to The Nation, the circular reads: “Since the case of the use of hijab in Lagos State is still pending in the Supreme court of Nigeria, status quo be maintained, to avoid contempt of the court, that is students be allowed to wear hijab on school uniforms but same must be short, smart, neat and in the same colour of the uniform (skirt).
“Furthermore, schools management are advised to downplay comments and disciplinary actions on the use of smart hijab until the final determination of the case by Supreme Court.
“No student should be discriminated against in any form on the basis of religion.
“All principals and teachers must be sensitised to comply accordingly. You are enjoined to adhere strictly to these recommendations.”
Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit hailed the State Government for upholding the rule of law.
Its President, Dr Saheed Ashafa said the circular would stop harassment and victimisation of pupils for wearing hijab.
He recalled that despite the Appeal Court judgement, the pupils were punished and denied entrance into classrooms for wearing hijab.
By issuing the circular, Ashafa said the government has towed the path of honour.
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