Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Minister of Knowledge Øystein Djupedal will support a ban against facial veils in Oslo schools


City of Oslo school councilor Torger Ødegaard plans to ban the use of the niqab, a Muslim veil that conceals all of the face but the eyes, newspaper Dagsavisen reports.

"Using a veil over the face during classes makes education more difficult. I respect religious garments, but in an educational situation teaching is most important," Djupedal, a Socialist Left Party politician, told Dagsavisen.

Djupedal would not create national legislation forbidding the veils, saying he felt the problem had to be solved at the local level by the counties and municipalities concerned.

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