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Controversy in UI International School Over Hijab Wearing
Controversy in the University of Ibadan (UI) International School have arisen over some female Muslim students wore hijab against the school management’s prescribed dress code.
Reports from Punch shows that the school authorities closed the secondary school to prevent any religious crisis arising from the development.
The controversy is springing up as Muslim parents wants their children to wear Hijab against the school’s demands.
Some parents under the aegis of International School Muslim Parents’ Forum informed the school management in a letter received on November 9, 2018, that they had agreed to allow their female children commence the use of hijab in the school from the academic session of 2018/2019.
“Hijab wearing for young Muslim girls, apart from the fact that it is part of their religious belief, is part of their God given fundamental human right as well as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” a letter signed by one Abdurrhaman Balogun, chairman, and Bilikis Badiru, secretary, of the group read.
The deputy vice-chancellor of the academic of the institution, Abideen Aderinto, described the conducts of the parents as a jungle approach as they were aware of the school’s rules prior to that time.
“I am the chairman of the Court of Governors and I am a proud Muslim. “International School Ibadan is a private school. UI does not fund it. It is funded by the fees collected. It is unfortunate that this is coming up now
“Even the Parents Teacher Association is not aware of the idea by this group. Indeed, some other Muslim parents expressed shock when they heard about this forum.
“Since its establishment in 1963, the school has not experienced any religious crisis and we want to guide against it.
“The Muslim and Christian students have a place to worship in the school. Whoever is desired to change the rules should go through the process.
“The teachers do not feel safe and so could not have taught anybody, because it is a strange development.
“It is even strange that this matter was not discussed at the Parents Teachers Association headed by another Muslim and lawyer, Kazeem Olaniyan,” he said.
Balogun, who spoke for the International School Muslim parents’ forum, said the female students wore hijab to school in line with their constitutional rights. He said the forum would continue to push for their agitation until their daughters are allowed to wear hijabs.