A Greek Orthodox school is being taken to the High Court for banning a Muslim pupil from wearing a hijab (headbag) to class, even though the school had advised the parents that ‘no headgear of any kind’ was permitted in the school before she was admitted.
Croydon TodayThe nine-year-old girl’s parents were so incensed at the decision they have pulled her out of St Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary Academy, in Thornton Heath.(Good, now take her out of the country. for good)
Now they have applied to the High Court in an attempt to force the school – the only one of its kind in the country – to reverse its ban on their daughter wearing a hijab (headbag). The parents believe it would be a sin for her head to be uncovered because she has reached puberty and is in the presence of male teachers.
Head teacher Kate Magliocco said the uniform policy was made clear to the parents when the girl arrived in Year 3.
It was not until she moved into Year 5 in September that they wanted their daughter to start wearing a hijab, a traditional headbag worn by Muslim women which represents the Islamic principle of modesty. Her parents complained to the governing body, which upheld the ban with the support of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.
“The decision not to allow her to wear a headscarf was taken by the governing body. The school has a very particular uniform policy which is shared with parents and, as head, I must follow the plan.
“The pupil in question came to us from a private school. Her parents actively chose us and, before she arrived, we held a meeting which included details of the uniform plan. We are the only Greek Orthodox Primary School in the whole country. The parents actively sought our school. They must have done so with their eyes open.”
Girls are required to wear a dark blue coat, an optional blazer, a skirt, a white blouse, a navy blue pullover and navy blue or white socks and black shoes. Shuiab Yusaf, trustee of Croydon Mosque & Islamic Centre, urged the school to reconsider the ban.
He said: “We encourage schools to be a little less strict and allow Muslim girls to wear headbags if that is what they want to do,” he said. (How about if Catholic kids come to your Muslim school wearing crosses?)