The highly controversial hijab debate has been laid to rest by the Lagos State Government which has directed that pupils in its public schools are only allowed to wear conventional uniforms to school.
It added that usage of other appendages, including Hijab – a head scarf for Muslim women, would not be tolerated.
Making Government’s position on the issue known on Tuesday at a press briefing in Ikeja, the Commissioner for Education Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye said that usage of Hijab and other religious materials in public schools negated government’s policy.
“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”, She said.
“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 wish that his daughter should be wearing Hijab while going to school and within the school should send such child to a private Muslim school.”