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In what tool the students by surprise, teachers of Araromi Senior High School, Sari-Iganmu went on a rampage by sending all hijab-wearing students out of the school earlier today – Wednesday, November 21.
According to witness, about 12 students were affected by this action which is totally against circular sent to all schools across the state by the government.
The school vice principal, Mr Olatunbunso and three teachers – Mr Harrison, Mr Agibat and Mr Olugbadebo, initiated the exercise today by forcing the students to either remove their hijab or go out of the school. Their actions and resistance by the vice principal to allow the students back into the school led a serious altercation between him & one of the Muslim teachers in the school who is aware of government position on this issue.
According to insider information, some principals in the state did not present the circular on the hijab to their schools as such putting many teachers and students in dark as regards this case. Araromi Senior Secondary School, Sari iganmu is one of them in District IV (Apapa, Surulere & Mainland) of the state.
Based on the circular, all students are allowed to wear to school with a condition that it must match the school uniform. Information from witnesses indicated that the students complied with this requirement but the teachers are taking laws into their own hands.
“Since the case of the use of Hijab in Lagos State is still pending in the Supreme court of Nigeria, status quo be maintained, to avoid contempt of the court, that is students be allowed to wear Hijabs on school uniforms but same must be short, smart, neat and in the same colour as the uniform (skirt),” the government was quoted as saying in the circular.
We are waiting for the school principal – Mr Adeniji Oduntan, for his reaction on the issue.