Blow for Muslim students as Supreme Court overturns ruling on hijabs

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The Supreme Court in Kenya has toppled a ruling by a lower court expecting schools to enable Muslim understudies to wear hijabs.

In their decision, the judges said each school ought to have the directive to decide its very own standards.

A hijab is a scarf that some Muslim ladies wear, which covers their hair and neck, according to their religion.

On September 7, 2016, the Court of Appeal enabled Muslim understudies to wear hijabs as a major aspect of their school uniform.

The Appellate Judges at the time; Phillip Waki, Roselyne Nambuye and Patrick Kiage, coordinated that the Education CS guarantee that rules on school uniform don’t separate understudies dependent on their religion.

“The instruction CS ought to consider defining and establishing controls, after due discussions, for the better security of the basic directly to opportunity of religion and conviction just as balance and segregation for all understudies and understudies in Kenya’s training framework,” the judges ruled.

In his decision, Justice Harun Makau said that the choice by Teachers Service Commission and the Isiolo County instruction office permitting female understudies of St Paul’s Kiwanjani Day Mixed Secondary School to wear hijabs in class was illicit and oppressive.

He further arranged that the TSC, County Education chief and the Sub County’s instruction officer not to impact the hijab rule.

It was after this that the Methodist Church, which supports the said school, moved to the Appellate Court saying that religion couldn’t be utilized as a method for getting away from power.

The question emerged when the district’s training officer conflicted with the court arranges and reported a choice that permitted female understudies wear hijab and white pants.

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