Ban on headscarves in schools lifted

Thu, Nov 29, 2012, 00:00

Turkey has lifted a ban on female students wearing headscarves in schools providing religious education, in a move drawing criticism from secularists who see it as fresh evidence of the government pushing an Islamic agenda.

Education has been one of the main battlegrounds between religious conservatives, who form the bedrock of support for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, and secular opponents who accuse him of imposing Islamic values by stealth.

Under the latest regulation pupils at regular schools will also be able to wear headscarves in Koran lessons.

– (Reuters)