The Minister of education of Russia Olga Vasilyeva society imposes its personal opinion, speaking against the wearing of headscarves in schools. This position was expressed in Instagram the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov.
“It is surprising that the Minister instead of to improve their local leaders, their personal belief imposes on millions of citizens. My three daughters go to school wearing the hijab, have great grades. Olga Vasilyeva requires that they handkerchiefs? Girls this will never do”, — he wrote.
Article 28 of the Russian Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and religion, reminded Kadyrov. “Apparently, not all officials have read this article,” he said, explaining that the handkerchief is “an important part of clothing of the Muslim.”
The head of Chechnya expressed the opinion that the issue of hijab is raised to divert attention from the real problems of the school. “Drug abuse, alcoholism, crime and systematic abuse of teachers on sexual integrity of children… that’s what should concern all who are fighting with the hijab,” — said Kadyrov.
The Ministry of education declined to comment to “Interfax” the statement of the head of the Chechen Republic.
The debate around the wearing of headscarves in schools has escalated after it became known that the prevention of extremism on the eve of the world Cup, which Russia will host in 2018, the leadership of Tatarstan has demanded from the teachers and students of the school in the village of Belozerye to remove the Islamic headscarf.
On 24 January the situation said Vasiliev. She pointed out that the question already decided by the Constitutional court, which ruled that “the hijab as emphasizing national identity has no place in school.” “I don’t think truly religious people attribute their attitude to the faith, we try to emphasize,” — said the Minister of education.
The Supreme court of Russia upheld the ban on wearing headscarves and other religious paraphernalia, as well as mini-skirts, jeans, clothing with plunging neckline and body piercing in schools of Mordovia in February 2015. Initially, the ban was established by the government of the Republic.