Kenyan Muslim students can wear hijab at Christian schools

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Summary A court in Kenya has ruled that Christian schools may not ban Muslim girls from wearing hijab (headscarve) as part of their uniforms.


A court in Kenya has ruled that Christian schools may not ban Muslim girls from wearing hijab (headscarve) as part of their uniforms.

A church-run school had banned female pupils from wearing the headscarf, saying that allowing students to dress differently created discord. But judges ruled education promoters must embrace the principles of diversity and non-discrimination.

Some 11 percent of Kenyans are Muslims while 83 percent follow the Christian faith. State schools already allow girls to wear the hijab.

Kenya has had a long-running row over the place of the hijab at schools that are funded by Christian Churches, with some such schools banning the garment outright. But following this ruling, Muslim girls will be able to wear headscarves to school.

They will also be able to wear trousers instead of skirts to school, as long as they are white. This brings Christian schools into line with the uniform policy at state schools.