The Lagos State Government has asked that principals and teachers in the state allow the use of Hijab in its schools.
Punch reports that this directive was given in a statement signed by O.A. Olukoya for the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District VI, spanning Ikeja, Mushin and Oshodi.
A case on the use of hijab is pending in the Supreme Court, the statement said, and teachers and principals are expected to maintain the status quo and permit its use as long as it’s clean, smart and neat.
Since the case of the use of hijab in Lagos State is still pending in the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the status quo should be maintained, to avoid contempt of court. That is, students may be allowed to wear hijabs on school uniforms, but same must be short, smart, neat and in the colour of the school uniform (skirt).
Furthermore, school managements are advised to downplay comments and disciplinary actions on the use of smart hijabs until the final determination of the case by the Supreme Court. No student should be discriminated against in any form on the basis of religion