Osun State and CAN now encouraging religious freedom in public schools?

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The events unfolding in Osun State have once more shone the light on the stark reality of the nature of the nation’s problems.

Following a court order granting Muslim pupils the right to show up in classrooms attired in hijabs, the local Christian body CAN had instructed parents to send their wards to school wearing religious regalia.

I recall telling a friend that the court judgement will open the floodgates of sectarian tension and today, reports have emerged that some students wore Cherubim and Seraphim robes to school. I expect that naturally, Sango worshippers and adherents of other traditional religions will assert their own rights in due time.

Here are my views on this matter:

  1. Freedom of religion can coexist with classroom learning.
  2. Where pupils and staff wish not to wear uniforms on account of sincerely held religious beliefs, I think schools can accommodate them as long as their dressing does not hinder learning.
  3. School uniforms are a way to enforce equality in schools and prevent segregation which can negatively impact the growth of young people in society. They have been mandatory for as long as I can remember.

However, since parents have insisted that pupils must practise their faith even in classrooms, I don’t think school authorities have any other choice but to permit them. Since Muslim pupils can now wear hijabs without fear of persecution, other religious groups should be able to do so as well.

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33 COMMENTS

    • We where in this country Saturday is declared as work free day for Sabbath Christians and Sunday as work free day for other Christians have CAN ever see any Muslims agitating for work free day on Friday for Muslims? Christianity the religion of hypocrites for the hypocrites and by the hypocrites

    • We where in this country Saturday is declared as work free day for Sabbath Christians and Sunday as work free day for other Christians have CAN ever see any Muslims agitating for work free day on Friday for Muslims? Christianity the religion of hypocrites for the hypocrites and by the hypocrites

  1. Christians have seen themselves as rival to Muslims they should not only wear it to school oooooo they should wear it to market, farm, and everywhere they go just as Muslim women do with their hijab if they cannot do this then Christians are just hypocrite

  2. We where in this country Saturday is declared as work free day for Sabbath Christians and Sunday as work free day for other Christians have CAN ever see any Muslims agitating for work free day on Friday for Muslims? Christianity the religion of hypocrites for the hypocrites and by the hypocrites

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