January 12, 2012 by staff
Head Scarves, Muslim students are not violating the Education Ministry’s dress code by wearing a headscarf or the hijab, Education Minister Woravat Auapinyakul said yesterday.
He said this in response to a rally held yesterday by a Muslim group, which was protesting against two students being suspended by Wat Nong Chok School for wearing a headscarf in class.
After a 30-minute chat with a senior official, Woravat told the gatherers that wearing a hijab did not violate the ministry’s dress code for students.
Woravat said he would discuss the matter with the school management and order them to hold extra classes for one of the two suspended students.
The ministry’s jurisdiction will be redrawn to accommodate more schools, from 225 to 268 zones, which will divide them into primary and secondary levels, and govern them under two supervisory bodies under the Office of Basic Education Commission.
The Education Council will approve this change, possibly by this month, once all sides have been heard.
There will also be a mission to enhance the high-school curriculum by possibly creating a new formula apart from the existing regular and vocational course. Students who intend to go to university take the regular course, while those who want to start working immediately opt for the vocational course.
The new formula will focus on both courses, but will not include subjects that are not needed for further study.
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