Community Asks Oyo Govt To Allow Hijab In Public Schools

The Muslim Community in Oyo State, has pleaded with the government of the State to halt discrimination against muslims in the state.

In a statement made available to the NPOreports, the Muslim Community said that Muslim students should be allowed to practice their religion by using Hijab in all schools across the state.

The statement, which was jointly signed by Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni, chairman, and Alhaji Murisiku Abidemi Siyanbade, secretary, accused the Chairman of 

the Oyo State Teaching Service Commission, Pastor Ayoade Alamu over the Igbo Elerin Grammar school Hijab.

“Pastor Alamu promised that within two weeks from the 11th February date of the meeting, he would resolve the matter and invite us for a feedback.

"The two weeks lapsed on Thursday 25th February, 2021. He never got back to us. However, he has resolved the matter in his own way (probably as instructed by his boss, the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency , Engr Seyi Makinde)," the statement reads.

In another development, the Muslim Community therefore speak against the maltreatment of Muslims teachers across the state. In their words:"In the recent teachers recruitment exercise by TESCOM, no matter their teaching subject,  even in areas of dire need, such as English, Mathematics, Physics etc, Muslim teachers posted to Christian-named schools are rejected and posted to Muslim-named or Community Schools," the statement explained.

The statement, therefore, listed some of the schools where Hijab-related issues were found. "Some of the schools where we have such issues include, among several others across the State : St Anne’s Grammar School, Molete-Ibadan; Ibadan Grammar School, Ibadan; St. Theresa’s College, Ibadan; Anglican Commercial Grammar School, Orita-Mefa, Ibadan;  (for ease of reference, only schools based in Ibadan are listed, for now)," the statement said.

The duo, however, pleaded on behalf of all Muslim Community in the state to the state government to help resolve the issue.

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