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Pressure on DfE to issue guidance on hijabs and fasting in schools

Pressure on DfE to issue guidance on hijabs and fasting in schools

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
15/01/2018
Sharia Watch
Summary: 

The chair of governors at a highly-performing primary school has called on the Government to issue guidance to help enforce standards on the Islamic headscarf and fasting. Arif Qawi, chair of governors at St Stephen's in Upton Park, east London,  the Department for Education should "step up and take it out of our hands". Mr Qawi said the school had faced a "backlash" from some parents after banning girls under the age of eight from wearing the hijab in school and encouraging children not to fast on school premises. He said he found it "unfair" that the Government had left uniform policy to individual head teachers and their governing bodies. His words echo a request from the National Secular Society in September. In a  to the then Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, the NSS urged the Government to issue guidance making clear the Government would support schools which choose not to incorporate the hijab into their uniform codes.