Turkey’s government has lifted a ban on headscarves in state-funded secondary schools, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç announced on Monday, amid ongoing debate over compulsory religious education.
“I know that particularly some of our female students have been yearning for it [the lift on the ban],” Arınç said. The step comes after the de facto removal of the headscarf ban in universities, in the aftermath of a long legal battle in 2008.
The cabinet amended the regulation on students’ apparel in secondary public education institutions, removing the legal provision that students should “be bareheaded” during classes.
Date created : 2014-09-23