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Lagos School teachers deny students registration over use of Hijab

There was an imbroglio in Lagos on Friday at Okota Senior High School, Isolo local council development area, as teachers of the school (Mrs. Ero Philips & Mrs Akande), denied a student from registering into the school as a new student.

The female Muslim students who were recently transferred to the school went for their registration before they were denied such because they were putting on their hijab.

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According to the students, the teachers demanded they remove their hijabs before they could be registered, this the students resisted.

According to the Public Relations Officer, MSSN Isolo Area Council, Najmudeen Mustopha Olorunwa, parents of the students and religious leaders in the community called the attention of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Isolo, to the incident, after failed several attempts to call the teachers to order.

He said one of the parents said she was asked to register her daughter in another school if the girl would not abide by school rules on the use of Hijab.

The newly posted students who were formally students of Ansar-Ud-Deen Comprehensive Junior High School Okota, are not only deprived of their right by the school administrator and her accomplice but are also being attacked psychologically as the Hijab has been part of their dressings throughout their days in junior secondary school.

Mrs. Ero Philips and Mrs. Akande have been denying one of the fundamental rights of the female students since the commencement of the registration for SS1 students on Monday, 18th October 2021.

Mustapha also said the MSSN has received prior reports that other Muslim female students currently in SS2 and SS3 were also denied the right of using their Hijab in the school.

He said, “According to the reports, the students are made to always remove the hijab before gaining entrance into school, this the report says it is contrary to the judgement of the Court of Appeal on 21st of July, 2016. The court approved the use of Hijab in Lagos state public schools, stating that the denial of the use of Hijab in public schools is an infringement on the Muslim female students’ right.

Consequently, on behalf of the students, their parents and religious leaders in Isolo community, MSSN Isolo area council, calls on Lagos State Government to call the school and other schools in the state where this issue is still generating fracas to order since the use of Hijab for all Muslim Students in the school is in accordance to the Court of Appeal’s judgement and they should allow the status quo to remain FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE.”

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