Students fined over headscarves

AJMAN — Some students of a girls’ school in Ajman were allegedly fined Dh1 each for not wearing headscarves.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Sun 17 Oct 2010, 12:32 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:27 PM

Parents of the fined students said the school should have resorted to other measures to discipline their wards.

Though the management of Zat Al Nitaqain Elementary School for Girls was trying to get Islamic and ethical values ingrained in the minds of the students, there were other measures which could have been followed, the parents said.

The school’s vice-principal described the action as merely instructional. It was part of the school’s instructional and educational duty to correct any wrong attitude in students, and to educate them the proper way on the basis of Islamic teachings, she said.

Director of Ajman Educational Zone Ali Hassan justified the school’s insistence on headscarves, which was in good faith and intention. However, he said there were other ways to discipline the defaulters like asking them to do additional homework, sending them to special awareness workshops or explaining to them the usefulness of wearing headscarves. —

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