It was almost a year ago during the Shabina Begum case that I said banning girls from wearing the niqab would probably lead them to being home schooled, and as a result they’d have less contact with the ‘outside world’
Another case has come up in Buckinghamshire. The girl in question has been taking lessons at home since October, and I for one am doubtful if she’ll go back to school now. Her three older sisters were apparently allowed to enroll whilst wearing the niqab. The justification for the ruling is a tad odd
the veil prevented teachers from seeing facial expressions – a key element in effective classroom interaction
Says who? Personally I much prefer written text to spoken presentations. Regardless I’ve interacted with women who wear the niqab, and have never had a problem understanding them.
the necessity to enforce a school uniform policy under which girls of different faiths would have a sense of equality and identity
Forced ‘equality’ is nothing but the act of a despot. If the parents have contributed, via their taxes, to the funding of the school they should be allowed to let their daughters wear whatever they like.
security – the head teacher had said an unwelcome visitor could move around the school incognito
It would take a pretty spectacular level of incompetence to miss someone moving about a building in a niqab. Besides which I hate decisions based on ‘security’
the need to avoid peer pressure on girls to take up wearing the veil
Ah there we go, knew we’d get there eventually. Its really about social engineering.
The glee with which some greet the stripping of these girls of their identity is quite frankly shocking. I have no doubt that some will do little more than rejoice at this ruling, but I for one feel desperately sorry for a girl who has had her sense of self undermined by school bureaucrats. Costs were awarded against the family. I’m sure she feels happy and free.
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