St Stephen’s Faculty in London had banned the carrying of hijab for ladies as much as the age of eight
London: One of many UK’s main state-funded faculties which had hit the headlines as one of many first to impose a ban on the hijab for ladies underneath eight has been pressured to reverse its determination after widespread criticism.
St Stephen’s Faculty in Newham, east London, had been planning to increase the ban to ladies underneath 11 later this yr however has chosen to withdraw the plans.
“The varsity’s uniform coverage is predicated on the well being, security and welfare of our kids. The varsity has taken the choice to make modifications to this coverage with speedy impact and this follows on from conversations with our faculty neighborhood,” the varsity mentioned in a press release.
“We’ll work with our faculty neighborhood to proceed to evaluate this coverage going ahead in the most effective pursuits of our kids,” it provides.
Arif Qawi, the chair of governors of the varsity who had just lately referred to as on the UK authorities to take a agency stand on younger youngsters carrying the hijab and fasting throughout Ramadan, resigned from his submit on Friday.
In keeping with ‘The Sunday Instances’, the resignation adopted offensive messages posted on social media towards him and the varsity’s Indian-origin principal Neena Lall.
“Now the head-teacher must go. Kick her out and pressure her to put on hijab. Let her see what forcing means,” one of many messages towards Ms Lall reads.
Underneath the UK’s Division for Schooling pointers, uniform coverage is a matter for particular person head-teachers and their governing our bodies.
The varsity, with a majority of pupils from Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi backgrounds, had urged the UK authorities to problem clear pointers on the difficulty of hijab-wearing and spiritual fasting referring to very younger pupils to forestall a backlash from dad and mom.
“The division ought to step up and take it out of our arms and inform each college that is the way it [fasting] needs to be… The identical for the hijab, it shouldn’t be our determination. It’s unfair to academics and really unfair to governors. We’re unpaid. Why ought to we get the backlash,” Mr Qawi had mentioned.
Amina Lone, co-founder of the UK’s Social Motion and Analysis Basis who has campaigned for younger women to not should put on the hijab, warned that after his resignation different faculties within the nation would discover themselves underneath strain if the Division for Schooling didn’t problem clear pointers.
“These points will not be going away,” she mentioned.
The Division for Schooling mentioned it’s a matter for particular person faculties to determine methods to “accommodate youngsters observing Ramadan, and to set uniform insurance policies”.
“However we might count on them to contemplate the wants of their pupils, and to take heed to the views of native dad and mom,” a spokesperson mentioned.
In November 2017, St Stephen’s Faculty had topped a prestigious major faculties league desk revealed yearly by ‘The Sunday Instances’.
It was listed as the most effective college in England within the ‘Faculties Information 2018’ for a robust educating report.