London: Mashuq Ally, a former head of equalities for Birmingham City Council, agreed saying there is no religious requirement for girls of infant school age to wear the hijab. He also pointed out that a faith school is allowed to set its own uniform policy and exempt from discrimination legislation. However, the local authority is supporting the school to ensure its policy is appropriate, in line with legal requirements, and we are engaging with all schools to remind them of their responsibilities when it comes to setting school uniform policies.”
A 4-year-old Muslim girl in the UK has been banned from wearing a hijab by a Roman Catholic school under a strict uniform policy, sparking a massive row on social media. The unnamed child was told by staff at St Clare’s School in Handsworth, Birmingham, that she should not wear her hijab to lessons. The school has a strict uniform policy, including no headwear or scarf and asked parents of the girl to respect it.
The girl’s father called on Birmingham City Council’s Labour cabinet member for equalities Waseem Zaffar to intervene causing the row to erupt. The row has now divided senior councilors and women’s rights activists who have been locked in a feud over facebook and twitter, the Birmingham Mail reported.