School may ban headscarf

24th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 April 2007, EPE – Five protestant schools in Epe and Vaassen may prohibit students and staff from wearing headscarves or skull caps, the Volkskrant reports.

24 April 2007

EPE – Five protestant schools in Epe and Vaassen may prohibit students and staff from wearing headscarves or skull caps, the Volkskrant reports.

The Committee on Equal Treatment (CGB) has determined that the dress code that the school administration has set up does not make an unacceptable distinction on the basis of religion.

Wim Leeflang of the ProCon Foundation, which manages the five schools, has confirmed reports of this decision in the Nederlands Dagblad today. The foundation had taken the initiative itself to put the dress code before the committee. The CGB concluded that the dress code was a genuine expression of the school's protestant identity.

The five schools start and end the school day with prayer, Bible readings are a regular part of the day, and students and staff take part in other celebrations and activities that are manifestations of the school's identity.

Leeflang says the dress code will not be enforced for the students already at the school, but will apply for new students. Leeflang said he was not sure how many Islamic students are in attendance at the five schools.

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