Niqabs in schools
For some reason, Buckinghamshire County Council is not supporting the head teacher in her actions.
Cranmer is unsure how this differs from a previous case which went to litigation. In the case of Begum v Head Teacher and Governors of Denbigh High School, Begum lost in the House of Lords. Muslim students may wear a hijab, but a school is within its rights to prohibit the niqab.
But Cranmer would like to know, with the present threats to national security, if it is in any way sensible to have masked and unidentifiable people walking around a school. There could be anything from a bomb to a paedophile lurking beneath a thick black sheet…
And how does a teacher actually know that they are in fact teaching the student they think they are?
How is a teacher meant to ‘read’ the facial expressions of students which communicate so much to a teacher of a child’s comprehension (or lack of it).
And during exams, how do staff know that it is indeed the student sitting the papers?
Is all this common sense beyond the wit of Buckinghamshire County Council?