7 teachers suspended in Karnataka for allowing Hijabi students in exams

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Seven teachers and two officials have been suspended in Karnataka’s Gadag district after they allegedly “allowed” students wearing hijab to appear for SSLC exams on Monday, March 28, reported Times of India.

Quoting the local deputy director of public instruction, Basavalingappa GM, the report added, “These teachers had allowed girl students to wear the hijab while writing the exam on Monday. As it was a violation of court order, we have suspended them.”

Along with teachers, centre superintendents of the CS Boys High School and CS Girls High School in Gadag city have also been suspended.

On March 15, the Karnataka high court upheld the state government’s decision to ban the hijab in educational institutions. While dismissing the petitions that sought permission for wearing headscarves in schools and colleges, the court ruled that headscarf was not part of the “essential religious practice of Islamic faith”. It also called for uniform dress rules to be applied across educational institutions.

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