The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology International School, Ogbomoso, on Monday January 7, 2019, turned back about 50 students who came to school in hijabs.
An academic staff had told The Punch via email that the students were either locked out of the school or ordered to remove the religious clothing.
“The story dates back to 2011, when the first request was made to the Governing Board of the school to allow our willing Muslim female children to use hijab as part of their school uniform in line with Islamic dictates.
“Since 2011, several letters of appeal have been written to the Governing Council, while we wait endlessly without any concrete positive response to our simple request.
“Our Muslim girls, over the period, have been using beret instead of hijab in their own case, contrary to the Islamic dictates.
“Our patience, over time, as law abiding citizens, was premised on our belief that the management of the school will do the needful and give regard to the rule of law and provision of the Constitution guaranteeing fundamental human rights of everybody.
“Having waited endlessly since 2011, it was decided on the 4th of January, 2019 that our willing Muslim female children should commence the use of hijab as school resumed on 7/1/2019,” he said.
Ibrahim Animashaun, the school principal, acknowledged the receipt of the letter saying the school’s board of governors was yet to approve the use of hijab.
He said the board was considering the letter and would get back to them soon.
He however reiterated that the school’s current dress code negates the use of hijab.
A similar incident had grounded academic activities at the International School Ibadan last year after parents under a Muslim forum had insisted female pupils must wear hijab to school.