A ban on Muslim head gear in schools could spark a rift with minority communities, an intercultural affairs expert has warned.
Introducing rules against the hijab head scarf or other religious symbols is "likely to result in tension with those communities where no tension existed before," said the director of the State's advisory body on intercultural affairs, Philip Watt.
During the debate over whether Muslim pupils should be allowed wear the headscarf in State schools, Mr Watt, who sits on the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, said most schools had already found their own "sensible and sensitive compromise".
He explained that the majority of schools allowed the head scarf to be worn provided it was the same colour as the school uniform. [Link]
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