The crisis rocking the University of Ibadan International School yesterday deepened as some of the female students who donned hijab were allegedly ‘detained’ by the school management.
The female students who defied the ban on the use of hijab by the management of the school were allegedly moved from their various classrooms to the library while a meeting on the issue was ongoing.
When our correspondent visited the school, a security personnel with the name tag, John Mike, who denied the alleged detention of the female students, said the school principal, Mrs. Phebean Olowe was attending a meeting.
He directed our correspondent to the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) University of Ibadan for more information.
Also, the Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUSCOY) has threatened to drag the school management to court if all amicable venues to resolve the crisis failed.
The MUSCOY’s secretary general, Sheikh Ismael Busaeri who addressed newsmen at the University of Ibadan under the auspices of Coalition of Muslims Groups in the state, called on the state government and other stakeholders to intervene before the crisis escalates.
He lamented that when the whole world was trying to encourage girl-child education, the management was out to force female students out of school because they donned hijab, which was a fundamental right as enshrined in the constitution.
According to him, the school principal is only telling the students to choose between the school and hijab.
Also, the chairman ISI Muslim Parents’ Forum, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun who noted that the parents had been tolerating the school management for years, said if pushed to the wall, they might seek redress in court.
He explained that there was no rule banning the use of hijab in the school’s rules and regulations.
Meanwhile, a stakeholders’ meeting on the issue ended without any concrete decision.
At the meeting, the school’s chairman, Parents Teachers Association (PTA), Olaniyan Kazeem who claimed that he was not in the know on the demand of Muslim parents to allow their children wear hijab in the school, emphasised that the school was secularly designed and also a private one, as such it has the latitude to adopt the code of dressing it wants for its students.
He warned that no student should be allowed into the school on hijab and that any student who contravenes this would be expelled.
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