None other than the Chief Inspector of schools in England is going to hear what Muslim activists have to say, and who want to see a Hijab ban in state Primary schools.
Amanda Spielman who happens to be Ofstead’s Head of Inspections agreed to meet women, who are very concerned about the sharp rise in children as young as four or five wearing wearing the Muslim Hijab headscarf after it was revealed that they are included in the approved uniform list of ‘Thousands’ of Primary schools in the United Kingdom.
“Muslim girls as young as five are increasingly veiled and schools are sanctioning this by including it as part of school uniform policies,” wrote the activists, led by former Labour parliamentary candidate Amina Lone, in a letter to The Sunday Times.
There are eight signatories accusing the UK of bearing a “an abysmal record” of safeguarding young Muslim girls “who suffer under the pretext of protecting religious freedoms”, criticising the country’s reaction to “so-called sensitive issues such as female genital mutilation and forced marriages”.
“Islam does not require children to cover their heads, so this begs the question why are our schools allowing this in the name of “religious tolerance” and “Cultural Enrichment” the letter questions, its signatories branding the trend of young girls in hijabs “an affront to the historical fight for gender equality in our secular democracy”.
A source from Ofsted has revealed the watchdog had become extremely concerned at the sharp rise in the number of primary school age girls wearing hijabs, telling The Times: “We are looking at whether there is evidence that schools are facing external pressure to adapt their policies.”