Ofsted inspectors to quiz schoolgirls in hijabs



 Inspectors will question girls who wear the hijab in primary school to find out why they do so, head of Ofsted Amanda Spielman has said.

The hijab is traditionally worn as a sign of modesty once a girl reaches puberty. However, Amanda said that creating an environment where Muslim children are expected to wear the headscarf could be interpreted as sexualisation of young girls.

The announcement comes after Ms Spielman recently met campaigners from the Social Action and Research Foundation think tank. The head of the foundation, Amina Lone, argues that the hijab has no place in primary schools.

However, Muslim Council of Britain secretary general, Harun Khan argues that it is deeply worrying that Ofsted has announced it will be specifically targeting and quizzing young Muslim girls who choose to wear the headscarf.

It sends a clear message to all British women who adopt this that they are second-class citizens and that while they are free to wear the headscarf, the establishment would prefer that they do not, he continued.

Mr Khan has urged Ms Spielman to reverse the decision and said it risked being “counter-productive” to Ofsted’s promise to uphold British values.

January 2018

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