Lagos School Teachers Deny Student Registration Over Use Of Hijab
Teachers of Okota Senior Grammar School in Isolo area of Lagos State, (Mrs. Ero Philips & Mrs Akande), have been allegedly abusing the authority given to them by the school, by denying the newly transferred SS1 Muslim female students registration as bonafide students of the school, demanding they put off their Hijab.
The newly posted students who were formally students of Ansar-Ud-Deen Comprehensive Junior High School Okota, are not only deprived of their right by the school administrator and her accomplice but are also being attacked psychologically as the Hijab has been part of their dressings throughout their days in junior secondary school.
Mrs. Ero Philips and Mrs. Akande have been denying one of the fundamental rights of the female students since the commencement of the registration for SS1 students on Monday, 18th October, 2021.
Parents of the students and religious leaders in the community called the attention of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Isolo, to the incident, after vain trials to call the teachers to order. One of the parents said she was asked to register her daughter in another school, if the girl would not abide by school rules on the use of Hijab.
MSSN Isolo Area Council has received prior reports that other Muslim female students currently in SS2 and SS3 were also denied to put on their Hijab in the school and that they should always remove it right from the school gate which is contrary to the judgment of the Court of Appeal on 21st of July, 2016. The court approved the use of Hijab in Lagos state public schools, stating that the denial of the use of Hijab in public schools is an infringement on the Muslim female students’ right.
Consequently, on behalf of the Students, their parents and religious leaders in Isolo community, MSSN Isolo area council, calls on Lagos State Government to call the school and other schools in the state where this issue is still generating fracas to order since the use of Hijab for all Muslim Students in the school is in accordance to the Court of Appeal’s judgement and they should allow the status quo to remain FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE.