Turkey in talks to lift head scarf ban

October 20, 2010 11:15

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's Islamic-oriented governing party is meeting with members of the opposition to find a way to lift a ban on Muslim students wearing head scarves at universities.

The meeting Wednesday comes after the head of an agency that oversees higher education relaxed rules barring head scarves at universities by telling university professors they cannot kick students out of classes. It also said students would be able to sit exams while veiled.The headscarf issue is deeply divisive in majority-Muslim but officially secular Turkey.

The opposition has said it is willing to discuss ways of abolishing the ban on campuses as long as Islamic-style head scarves remain prohibited in primary and secondary schools and government offices.

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