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  Teachers oppose headscarves ban
Updated 12 April 2004, 16.52
Girls will be allowed to wear headscarves from the summer term
Banning Muslim girls from wearing headscarves in class would be a serious setback in the fight against racism, teachers have been warned.

Hundreds of teachers from England and Wales are attending a conference in Harrogate. Several speakers urged them to support the wearing of headscarves.

"Children have to be prepared for life in a multi-cultural society," said one.

It comes after the French government voted to ban headscarves and other religious items from the classroom.

In England and Wales, headteachers decide what uniform the pupils wear. Headscarves - as long as they are in school colours - are widely permitted.

Teachers' union the NUT, which organised the conference, said it was setting up a guidance service involving Muslim teachers and pupils to advise schools on the issue.

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