UK: Schools can ban wearing of Muslim veils

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March 20, 2007 13:36

 
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The British government said Tuesday that schools can ban students from wearing Muslim veils if teachers believe they effect safety, security or pupils' learning. School administrators have the right to ban students from covering their faces under a new uniform policy, but educators should speak with parents before introducing such a ban, the Education Ministry said in a statement. The ministry said head teachers had always had the right to set their school's uniform policy. Several recent court cases have challenged schools' decisions to ban some forms of Islamic dress.

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