Hijab Controversy: Kwara State approves use of Hijab in Public and Grant-Aided Schools
Following the recent Hijab controversy in the state, the Kwara state government has today approved the use of Hijab in all public/ grant-aided schools in the state. In a statement issued by the Secretary to the Kwara State Government Prof Mamma Sabah Jibril. He said the government of Kwara state has taken a position on the Hijab controversy that led to the closure of 10 schools within Ilorin the state capital last week Friday.
The Secretary to the state government in his statement said the government affirms the right of every child in public schools to freedom of worship. The government hereby directs that the affected 10 schools should reopen to commence classes on Monday 8th March 2021. Prof Mamma also stated that the government acknowledges and approves the right of the Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab, and the Kwara state government has directed the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development to come up with a uniform hijab for all public/ grant-aided schools, which will be the accepted mode of head covering in schools. Any willing schoolgirl with the approved (uniform) hijab shall have the right to wear the same in public/grant-aided schools.
Similarly, the government has carefully noted submissions regarding ownership of grant-aided schools and related issues. While the status of these schools is the subject of judicial determination, this and other related matters will soon be subjected to a technical committee to advise accordingly. The government has also advised various conflicting parties regarding the hijab controversy to act with restraint and great responsibility in their public utterances and actions, and continue to live in peace and harmony with one another. The government commends all the thought and religious leaders on both sides for their forbearance, understanding, and commitment to peace.
Kwara State Hijab Controversy
The hijab controversy has sparked mass protest in Ilorin the state capital last week after some female students wearing hijab said they were turned back from entering the school. To curtail the crises the Kwara state government ordered the closing down of the affected schools. The schools are C&S College Sabo Oke; St Anthony College, Offa Road; ECWA School, Oja Iya; Surulere Baptist Secondary School, and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.
Others are CAC Secondary School, Asa Dam; St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke; St. John School Maraba, and St. Williams Secondary School in Taiwo Isale; and St. James Secondary School, Maraba, all within the state capital.