The Use of Hijab by Secondary school students has once again starred up controversy, as about 50 students were disallowed by authority of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) International School Ogbomoso, from entering into the school premises for the use of the religious attire.
The Nation reports that the school authority disallowed some studends from venturing into the school for wearing Hijab on their uniforms.
“The story was dated back to 2011 when the first request was made to the Governing Board of the School to allow our willing Muslim females children to use Hijab as part of their school uniform in line with Islamic dictate.
“Since 2011 barely eight years ago, several letters of appeals had been written to the Governing Council, while we wait endlessly without any concrete positive response to our simple request.
“Our Muslim girls over the period have been using Beret instead of Hijab in their own case contrary to the Islamic dictate.
“While our patience overtime as law abiding citizens was premised on our belief that the Management of the School will do the needful and give regard to the rule of law and provision of the constitution guaranteeing fundamental human rights of everybody.
“Having waited endlessly since 2011, it was decided on the 4th of January, 2019 that our willing Muslim female children should commence the use of Hijab as School resumes on January 7, 2019”.
“Our Muslim children that used Hijab are still outside the school,” he said.
In his response to the allegation, Mr. Ibrahim Animashaun, the principal of the school admonished parents of the affected students to await the decision of the school board of governors before further action.
He stated that the school management was acting on the directive of the university authority, adding that the university authority had the final say on the matter.
“The school board of governors is yet to approve the use of Hijab. And the board is looking at their letter.
“So we are yet to communicate them. Until we communicate with them. The status quo remains until the board approves their request.
“We spoke with the aggrieved parents that their letter is still with the board.
“LAUTECH International School board of governors is looking at their letter”. he said.