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School in dispute over Islamic uniform

By Sapa | Jan 24, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 20 ]

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is probing the case of two siblings who were allegedly kicked out of a Cape Town school for wearing traditional Islamic headgear

The Cape Times reported that Sakeenah Dramat, 16, and her brother Bilaal, 13, were asked by teachers at Eben Donges High in Kraaifontein to remove their headscarf and fez on the first day of school last week.

Their mother Nabila said the school called her later in the day and said it was against the code of conduct for her children to wear the headgear.

The children had since missed six days of school.

"I can't allow them to take it off because it is against our Islamic beliefs.... It is very sad. It is very disturbing. They are heartbroken to be out of school for such a simple reason."

The SAHRC said it was investigating the case. School principal Wilfred Taylor asked the newspaper to contact the provincial education department for comment.

Department spokesman Paddy Attwell told the newspaper an official would meet the parents at the school later on Thursday to arrange the children's return to school.

"According to the [national school uniforms] guidelines, schools should take religious and cultural diversity into account. We believe it is a simple matter to adjust dress codes to meet these requirements," he said.

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I am always disturbed about this minor and stupid issues. When you apply for your child to any school, you read the code of conduct, that tells you what is wanted and what is not. You sign that form to say you will comply with what is written in the constitution of that school. And your paramount priority when you apply to that certain school is to get your kid educated best way how. Now what does educating your kids has to de with religion or least your religion pre say? If the school is Catholic, it does not necessarily mean they will convert your kid into catholic or otherwise. It only means the Catholic principle will ne adhered to in every regard.

Now coming to the topic , is the school a muslim school? Do they teach religion according to Muslim faith? If the answers are to above is No, i see no reason whatsoever for the parents to cause a scene. Because the primary reason for their kids to attend these school is to get education and not wear their
Muslim Traditional regalia. Unless the very same day they were expelled or aske d to take those off was according to the Muslim calender their day of faith. And if it was, they have every right to wear those regalia and if not, let them take them off and get on with education.

I hope people are not going to abuse our Bill of Rights just to make a point. Education is more important to kids, and it is the foundation that needs be layed without any interferences, and with this education this kids shall understant their religioun(Muslim faith) better. Please give the kids education to have a better tomorrow.

Jan 24, 2013 10:45 | 0 replies

LeparaThePresident
I agree with you completetly
I am wondering if the school forgot to give this indian its school terms and condition, because if they did, we would not be reading about this. I took my child to an indian school and I was made to sign that I would abide by their terms and condition, though i took her out after the first term. I do not see anything wrong here. I you are not happy the way they do things then go to where you will be happy, remeber SA is a free country, but Mr Naidoo cannot go to Mr Viljoen and tell him how to run his house.
Please can we have peace here?

Jan 24, 2013 2:24 | 0 replies

This muslims are full sh.t, they can go eat sh1t and die, this is are the same people who wanted to take their drivers license photos with the ninja suits on( showing only eyes) what the hell, can they please go back to wherever they came from.........this is the culture in SA, we read terms, agree and then complian later that the terms do not suit us...thye took kids to a non-muslim school, why complain that the dress suits them not, Imagine if everyone was allowed to do as they please, Zulu rock up in their zulu regalia, rasta with their weed smelling dreads.....it would be chaos, then we cant allow one group in the name of religion to do as they please.

Jan 24, 2013 3:18 | 0 replies

@Lepara you've said it all I couldn't agree with you more, I have a problem with muslims because they have this beleif of thinking they are superior than everyone they enforce this religion of theirs to everyone & if you do not agree, you are regarded as unholy. They like parading in their regalias pretending to be holier than thou. Well then why can't the mother of these kids home school they since she makes everything about their beleif, these people highly annoy me to say the least!

Jan 24, 2013 3:57 | 0 replies

Let them go to Iraq.

Jan 25, 2013 8:12 | 0 replies

That parent need to be told what the purpose of uniform is. Does she think that her Muslim religion is more important than other religions.

Jan 25, 2013 10:1 | 0 replies

We have religious freedom, supposedly, and whether we agree with the beliefs ot not, or whether there are Islamic pupils who do not wear traditional garb or not, the fact remains that we need to respect the religious beliefs of others, even the most orthodox, when it comes to the manner of dress. Schools, of all institutions, should be places in which such mutual respect is demonstrated. W.r.t. the remark by Paddy Attwell, that "We believe it is a simple matter to adjust dress codes to meet these requirements," .... if indeed it is so simple, then why did the school adopt the stance in the 1st place?

The same argument applies to Rastafarian children and dreadlocks - just last week children were sent home because they wore dreadlocks at a Peninsula school. The assumption voiced by the principal, that they "pose a health threat" to the teachers and learners" just shows his complete ignorance of the matter.

This is all a demonstration of how far we still have to go before we can claim to be a tolerant nation.

Jan 25, 2013 2:41 | 0 replies

Oom Great - and you may head off to Orania, you racist twit.

Jan 25, 2013 2:42 | 0 replies

Truly, it's amazing how conflict of interests can be caused over ridiculous matters.
To be honest, SA has looong lost thier values when it comes to evertyhing thus including the BILL OF RIGHTS.
Anyone and everyone can just come up and abuse it, with all the legislations, which automatiaclly give others the "authority" to fill in what feels most suitable to them.
I dont have issues with religons and cultures nor traditions, but when you get to ROME, do what the Romans do and don't want to change things jsut o suit your nees. Yes, they read the rules and regulatons and surely signed as well, now why want to have ther same obligations changed.
Not everything will suit everyone, but adhering to the code of conducts of what you signed for is just best.
To tell the truth...SA is ruled by people that are not born and bred in SA and people that have NEVER even been to exile....because we are a "free country". Yep it'sfine that we are but looking at things as they are, we are pleaing "outseiders' more than we please our own nation. And the whole scenarios are killing and demolishing the values of it.
We are a divers country and should embrace it....but they need to do it with principles and rules that abide it.

Jan 26, 2013 3:23 | 0 replies

what if uniform is ammended then some kids show up wearing baraclavas as part of their culture/social life? i think its better we stick with current rules ie all wear same uniform. Also uniform is to ensure that all are dressed the same not disturbed and indulgence by wearing brand names and such, cause that would be put too much (bling/materialism) pressure on parents who are only just making it, at least a child can wear her uniform for about 3yrs that saves resources, whereas if everyone is allowed to come with own style then all hell will brake loose and that is what we cant afford.

Jan 24, 2013 1:17 | 0 replies

This parent's just seeking attention, the kids should just shape in or shape out. otherwise there wont be uniform any more coz other pupils will come wearing khakis and black caps, other white & blue gowns and not to mention those who follow traditional religion.

Jan 24, 2013 1:12 | 0 replies