The state administration of Kwara has warned school principals against requiring students to wear the hijab (female Muslim headscarf) or beret.
Mallam Bello Abubakar, Chairman of the State Teaching Service Commission, issued the warning in a statement posted on Sunday, January 23.
Abubakar underlined the state government’s intention to foster religious tolerance among teachers and students and promote peaceful coexistence during a meeting on Friday, January 21.
It was noted that the meeting was held with the aim of resolving the crisis over Hijab which erupted recently at Oyun Baptist Grammar School, Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State, according to
the spokesman of TESCOM, Peter Amogbonjaye.
The statement added; “He, thereafter, warned the principals in Oyun axis to abide by the policy of the Kwara State Government and desist from imposing Hijab on any student, instead, it should be made optional.
” While warning that the present administration would not tolerate religious bigotry, enjoined all to shun religious sentiments and respect the rights of individuals, Bello reminded the gathering that Kwara State is a state of harmony and advised everyone to remain good ambassadors for the coming generation.