Female students at Leicester’s new Islamic secondary school who are not Muslims will have to wear head scarves as part of their uniform.
Madani High School, which will open in September to replace Leicester Islamic Academy, will tell girls to cover their heads regardless of their religion.
Zainab Elgaziari, the academy’s assistant principal, said: “Like any school, we will have a uniform and, in our case, that will include a head scarf.
“When you go to any school, you know what the school uniform will be and the choice is there.
“I can’t see why if a student wears a head scarf it should be an issue. It’s the same as a shirt or tie – it’s just part of our uniform.
Okay – so if EVERY other school in Leicestershire said “Skirts, blouses, no trousers and no headwear that would be okay? After all, it’s part of the uniform than every other faith would say that is was okay? Bollocks – they’d be protesting and yelling about intolerance.
Hussein Suleman, the city council’s education spokesman, said he did not think non-Muslim parents would be put off sending their children to the school, adding he hoped “discretion” would be used if there was disagreement.
I wait to see the discretion that is applied the other way because an action like this will provoke an opposite reaction – of that you can be sure.
Suleman Nagdi, of the Federation of Muslim Organisations, said: “All Islamic schools have certain criteria for school uniform.
“I can’t see anything different about the criteria they are setting in this instance.”
“All Anglo-saxon schools certain criteria for school uniform. I can’t see anything different about the criteria they are setting in this instance”
“All non-religious schools certain criteria for school uniform. I can’t see anything different about the criteria they are setting in this instance”
Those second two would not be allowed, so why the first?
The voluntary-aided state school, which is being built in Evington Valley Road and is supported by Leicester City Council, must accept 10 per cent of its 600 pupils from a non-Muslim background.
This sounds like they know that HAVE to but they’ll use their status to force others to obey – and if those 10% do not turn up – well, who cares because they aren’t wanted anyway.
I honestly believe that some people just do not want to integrate and that they actively decide to provoke by using actions like these.