The Islamic Madani High School in Leicester, UK has been mandated by the courts to accept 10% non-Muslim students. But all female students must abide with the uniform code, which includes cover their heads with the hijab scarves.
Assistant principal Zainab Elgaziari said he did not regard the demand as a problem – despite the ongoing row over Muslim women's veils.
He said: 'I can't see why if a student wears a head scarf it should be an issue. It's the same as a shirt or tie – it's just part of our uniform.
'We will welcome students of other faiths. Indeed, there will be a quota set down by the Government, and we will abide by these rules.
'When you go to any school you know what the uniform will be. Like any school, we will have one – and in our case it will include a head scarf.' (DailyMail.co.uk)
Many of the comments this article question the motive of this uniform rule. Why would a non-Muslim want to attend a Muslim school or is this a means of preventing parents from wanting to send their non-Muslim students to the school?
When France tried to ban the hijab and other outwardly religious dress in their schools in order to preserve the secular identity. French President Jacques Chirac agreed with the ban.
"The Islamic veil… the kippa and a cross that is of manifestly excessive dimensions -these have no place in the precincts of state schools. State schools will remain secular," he said. (Aljazeera.net)
The French Muslim population reaction was very negative. The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights stepped into the issue and stated:
"For many Muslim women wearing a headscarf is a deeply personal choice and a sign of their religious conviction and has nothing to do with Islamic fundamentalism,' the IHF said in a statement.
"A headscarf ban would automatically but mistakenly stigmatise all Muslim women wearing the headscarf as fundamentalists."
The statement added: "Banning girls and women wearing the headscarf from schools… could lead to numerous girls and women staying out of schools." (Aljazeera.net)
What's good for one group's beliefs is not good for the other group's beliefs.