Principal Sacks Five Students For Wearing Hijab To School In Lagos
Five students of Isolo Senior Secondary School have been reportedly suspended by their principal for putting on hijab to school in Lagos state.
PMNews reports that the Principal, Mrs. J O Sadare, had last Friday announced at the assembly ground that students should not wear hijab to school.
Prior to the announcement, some of the students wore the hijab to school and were given a letter to come with their parents on Tuesday.
The next day when the students got to the school with their parents, the principal walked them out of her office after their insistence that their daughters must put on the hijab.
It was also learnt that after being sent out of school on Wednesday, the students converted a tricycle popularly known as ‘Keke Napep’ to their classroom.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Lagos state have condemned the suspension of five students of the Isolo Senior Secondary School for wearing Hijab to school.
Reacting to the suspension, the Amir (President) of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Lagos State, Alhaji Saheed Ashafa, condemned the suspension and demanded the immediate reinstatement of the students. According to him, the ban on wearing Hijab is an infringment of their religious rigts. Ashafa said;
“The entire drama started on Friday in the school when the Principal announced to the students that no one is allowed to wear hijab in the school. Surprisingly for her, some of the students still wore the hijab to school on Monday. She gave the students letters to invite their parents to school. In the letter, she threatened that the students will not be allowed into the school without their parents.
“When she shared the letter, majority of the students fidgeted and agreed to stop wearing the hijab. She collected the letters and let go of those ones, but about five of them refused to return the letter. When we were contacted, we asked the parents to honour the Principal’s invitation.
“They went there with our (MSSN) representatives but were embarrassed by the Principal who gave them the option of either their children’s education or religion. She eventually walked them out of her office after they insisted that their daughters must put on the hijab.
“The parents subsequently proceeded to the Education District in charge of the school and they were assured that something would be done. With the hope that her (the Principal) superiors should have spoken with her to realise that what she was doing was wrong with the sub-ssisting Appeal Court judgement, the students went to school on Wednesday (today) and were still prevented from entering the school.
“These are Senior Secondary School Two and Three students who need to study hard for their examinations. When we got to the school this morning, we saw some of the students copying notes for lessons they have missed on Monday and Tuesday while the others were teaching themselves old lessons inside a tricycle on the street. This is disastrous for us. While there colleagues were in the classrooms learning, they were on the street just for being Muslims. As we speak, the assistant head girl, who is one of the students who refused to put off her hijab has been removed and replaced.”