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A Muslim woman wears a niqab in Birmingham, England (file photo) (epa) March 20, 2007 -- The British government says schools in England will have the right to ban students from wearing Muslim face veils -- if teachers believe they affect safety, security, or a child's ability to learn.


Under new guidelines set to be finalized in the coming months, individual headteachers would be able to decide what pupils should and should not be allowed to wear veils in class.


Muslim face veils -- or niqabs -- sparked debate in Britain after senior minister Jack Straw last year said they made community relations "more difficult."


(Reuters, AP)

Education And Islam
An Afghan child prepares for the first day of school(epa file photo)

KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL. Education raises many vexing social issues in impoverished and predominantly Muslim countries like Afghanistan and the countries of Central Asia. In these countries, many students fail to complete their education for reasons ranging from poverty to discrimination.
“One of the main problems is the distance between the child’s home and the nearest school building. This is particularly a problem for adolescent girls because families quite understandably don’t feel comfortable allowing the girls to walk long distances unaccompanied to the classrooms,” says a UN aid worker in Afghanistan...(more).

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