The state administration of Kwara has warned school principals against requiring students to wear the hijab (female Muslim headscarf) or beret.
Mallam Bello Abubakar, Chairman of the State Teaching Service Commission, issued the warning in a statement posted on Sunday, January 23.
Abubakar underlined the state government’s intention to foster religious tolerance among teachers and students and promote peaceful coexistence during a meeting on Friday, January 21.
According to the TESCOM spokesman, Peter Amogbonjaye, the meeting was arranged with the goal of settling the dispute over hijab that arose lately at Oyun Baptist Grammar School, Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The statement went on to say:
“He, thereafter, warned the principals in Oyun axis to abide by the policy of the Kwara State Government and desist from imposing Hijab on any student, instead, it should be made optional.”
Bello reminded the crowd that Kwara State is a state of harmony and advised everyone to remain good ambassadors for the coming generation, warning that the current administration would not tolerate religious bigotry and enjoining all to shun religious sentiments and respect the rights of individuals. Bello also reminded the crowd that Kwara State is a state of harmony and advised everyone to remain good ambassadors for the coming generation.
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