Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Netherlands Delineates Muslim Headscarf Rule; May Be Banned Only If Education Is Under Threat

The Dutch News website reports today (February 9, 2011) that religious schools in the Netherlands may not ban Muslim pupils from wearing headscarves simply if it contradicts their core values.

"The freedom of education refers primarily to the process of giving education. Special schools can place demands on the participation in that education, if this is necessary to realize their core values," home affairs minister Piet Hein Donner and education minister Marja van Bijsterveldt said in a statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, a Muslim girl at the center of a row over her headscarf at a Catholic school in Volendam has agreed to cover her head in the assembly hall and in school corridors only.

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