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Fri Oct 31 19:50:15 SAST 2014

Pupils kicked out for wearing Muslim headgear back at school: report

Sapa | 25 January, 2013 11:03
Student wearing a hijab. File photo
Image by: File photo

Two children kicked out of school for wearing traditional Muslim headgear have been re-admitted, according to a report.

The New Age reported on Friday that the parents of the siblings met representatives of the Eben Donges High School, Western Cape education department officials and several Muslim leaders on Thursday afternoon to resolve the matter.

Nabila Dramat, who is the mother of teenagers Sakeenah, 16, and Bilaal, 13, said the school called her on the first day of term and said it was against the code of conduct for her children to wear a headscarf and fez.

She told The New Age she had taken the two to school each day since the incident, but they had been denied entry by school principal Wilfred Taylor.

Speaking to the Cape Times on Thursday, she said her children were "heartbroken" to be out of school for this reason.

"I can't allow them to take it [the headscarf and fez] off, because it is against our Islamic beliefs.... It is very sad. It is very disturbing," she was quoted as saying.

Western Cape education department spokesman Paddy Attwell told the Cape Times on Thursday that schools had to take into account religious and cultural diversity in their uniform policies.

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