In the Russian Orthodox Church have deemed the hijab in schools in Chechnya violation of the secular nature of education
Moscow. April 3. INTERFAX.RU — a Law passed recently in Chechnya and giving students educational institutions the right to wear clothes according to religious beliefs, needs to be adjusted, according to the Moscow Patriarchate.
“Securing students such a right in the law of the Chechen Republic is a violation of the principle of the secular character of education in state schools, so in this part of the amendment is subject to correction,” — said to “Interfax” on Monday the head of the legal service of the Patriarchate abbess Xenia (Chernega).
As reported, the Chechen Parliament 31 March adopted amendments to the local law on education that allow students to wear clothing that reflects their religious beliefs.
In turn the abbess pointed out that this right of students is not provided by Federal law and cannot be imposed by laws of constituent entities of the Russian Federation.
She recalled that, under article 38 of the Federal law “On education in RF”, public and municipal secondary schools establish requirements to clothes of students in accordance with the standard requirements approved by the authorized bodies of state power of subjects of the Russian Federation.
“Similarly, article 3 of this Federal law establishes the secular nature of education in state and municipal organizations engaged in educational activities. Therefore, Federal law does not grant students the right to wear clothes, “according to religious beliefs” — said the head of the legal service of the Patriarchy.
Earlier, commenting on the decision of the Chechen Parliament, press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin has not yet formulated its position regarding the bill. According to him, you need to understand to solve this issue at the Federal level, or in determining the practice is part of the competence of regional authorities.
In early January once again sparked debate around the wearing of headscarves in Russian schools. The Minister of education Olga Vasilyeva, commenting on the ban, students and teachers of the school in the Tatar village of Belozerye in the Republic of Mordovia on the wearing of headscarves, said that students should not emphasize the religion attributes.
This statement was criticized by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and mufti of Tatarstan Kamil Samigullina.