[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 March, 2004, 21:40 GMT
School lifts ban on headscarves
Icknield High School
The school's ban on hijabs will end at the start of the summer term
A Bedfordshire school is lifting its ban on girls wearing Muslim headscarves.

Icknield High School in Luton had been warned by the local council that its ban on the hijab could break the Race Relations Act.

On Tuesday night school governors accepted a recommendation to lift the ban from the start of the summer term.

Chairman Geoff Lambert said the change would bring Icknield into line with other schools in Luton.

The school's uniform policy banned all headwear in the classroom, with the exception of turbans.

The policy was forced into the spotlight after a parent of a prospective Muslim pupil reported the matter to Luton Borough Council.

When it became public, members of the radical Islamic group Al Muhajiroun handed out leaflets outside the school, demanding that the ban be overturned.

At a meeting in January governors had agreed to review the ban.

Legal action in Muslim dress ban
12 Feb 04  |  Beds/Bucks/Herts
British criticism of headscarf ban
10 Feb 04  |  Education
School reviews headscarf ban
28 Jan 04  |  Beds/Bucks/Herts
School to review uniform rule
27 Jan 04  |  Beds/Bucks/Herts
Row over 'racist' headgear ban
05 Dec 03  |  Beds/Bucks/Herts

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific