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The hijab is a headscarf worn by many Muslim women who feel it is part of their religion.

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Muslims in the country are warning of a possible polarization of the education foundations following a Supreme Court ruling that Muslim students are not allowed to wear hijabs in non-muslim schools.

Muslims for Human Rights in Mombasa have termed the apex court’s ruling as discriminatory and unconstitutional. The leaders also called for the protection of religious rights.

In Uasin Gishu, Muslims condemned the ruling saying it infringed on the rights of Muslim girls.

They appealed to Education CS Amina Mohammed to intervene by formulating policies and guidelines that protect the rights of students.

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Led by Supkem Sheikh Abubakar Bini noted that every person has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, belief which should be respected.

During Thursday’s ruling on a petition filed by the Methodist Church of Kenya, the Supreme Court said every school has a right to determine its own dress code.

The decision was rendered by Justices David Maraga, Mohammed Ibrahim, Njoki Ndungu and Isaac Lenaola with Justice Jackton Ojwang dissenting and supported the decision allowing wearing of hijabs.

However, the apex court said its decision does not shut out Muslim students or parents completely as it only overturned the appeal on technicalities.

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In September 2016, the appeal court overturned an earlier ruling by the High Court that had banned hijabs in public schools.

Early in January, a parent moved to court to challenge the decision by Olympic High School in Kibra to send away his daughter who had dreadlocks.

However, CS Amina Mohamed said the Rastafarian girl should be allowed to return to school without having to cut her dreadlocks.

Amina said the girl is entitled to education and should be allowed back to school.

 

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