Strict uniform rules at school may be unconstitutional.

The Federal Constitutional Court (Germany) declared a ban on teachers wearing Islamic headscarves unconstitutional on Friday, 13 March 2015.

The decision reminds us of the South African Constitutional Court case of a few years ago: MEC for Education v Pillay 2008. Yes, South Africa has one of the best constitutions in the world.

 

With Human Rights Day around the corner (21st of March), let’s have a look at the Pillay case…
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It could therefore be within a learner’s right to wear a nose stud to school if it forms part of the learner’s religion or culture. Schools are thus advised to allow for a procedure in terms of which a learner can apply to wear a religious or cultural piece. According to the Pillay case, the fact that an exemption might encourage more learners to express their religion or culture, should be celebrated and not feared.

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