Belgian school sacks teacher for wearing headscarf

BRUSSELS: A Belgian high school on Tuesday sacked a Muslim maths teacher after she insisted she would continue to wear headscarf while taking classes. At the start of the academic year authorities at the school in Charleroi, told the Turkish-born teacher to remove her headscarf, which she had been wearing during class for two and a half years.

The teacher refused and took her case to court. In the first instance the Charleroi tribunal backed the school board, citing the religious “neutrality” of the schools. However in March the appeals court ruled that the school in question came under the jurisdiction of Charleroi, which had not issued rules on the banning of religious insignia. The teacher therefore returned to school but the municipality soon afterwards introduced its own ban on the wearing of “all religious or philosophical symbols”.


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