The Kwara State Government has approved the use of hijab in schools.

Mamma Sabah Jibril, Secretary to the State Government, declared the decision in a statement on Thursday night.

According to him, the government consulted widely with Muslim and Christian communities with a view to clarifying issues and reaching an agreement.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq presided on the last meetings on Wednesday.

Meanwhile “10 schools of interest” were shut down to maintain order and prevent mischief makers from taking undue advantage of the development.

He said the government considered submissions of all major interest groups, the education law of Kwara State, the prevailing court judgments and current global trends of multiculturalism.

“Consequently, the government hereby acknowledges and approves the right of the Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab”, the statement read.

The Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development was directed to come up with a uniform hijab for all public/grant-aided schools, which will be the accepted mode of head covering in schools.

“Any willing schoolgirl with the approved (uniform) hijab shall have the right to wear the same in public/grant-aided schools”, it added.

The government affirmed the right of every child in public schools to freedom of worship and ordered the affected 10 schools to resume classes on Monday March 8, 2021.

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