A VICTORIAN Muslim schoolgirl had her traditional headscarf airbrushed from a class photograph in just one example of the discrimination Islamic students face, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.
While the majority of Victorian schools support students who wear the headwear, some teachers needed more understanding of Islam, the inquiry into Dress Codes and School Uniforms heard today.
The Islamic Council of Victoria is urging the inquiry to continue to allow Muslim students to wear traditional religious items as a "fundamental right" to freedom of religious observance.
Council executive committee member Sherene Hassan told the inquiry one Victorian student was told she would not be admitted to school if she wore her hijab.
"That individual was so keen to attend that school she decided not to wear her headscarf," she said.
In another case, a student wore her hijab in a class photograph, but it was airbrushed so it would not stand out, she said.
"You can imagine that was quite demoralising for the individual," Ms Hassan said. [Link]
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