Education Ministry clears mist on hijab, dreadlocks in Malawi schools

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The Ministry of Education has refuted reports there is an order for  schools to start registering children with dreadlocks and to allow female students to wear hijabs in Malawian schools.

News has been viral that the Ministry gave a nod to the calls to allow the wearing of hijab by Muslim students and dreadlocks by a larger percentage of students from the Rastafarin community.

A circulating statement alleged that government has informed all public schools in Malawi not to discriminate against children in dreadlocks or hijabs, but to allow them in schools. According to the statement, the Ministry of Education has been dealing with several cases of discrimination of children from particular sects of the Malawian society.

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Hijab now allowed in Malawi’s schools. (Google image from ABC)

“All educational institutions are therefore, reminded that the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi Section 20 prohibits discrimination of any form, section 25, provides for the right to education for all persons and section 33 provides for the right to freedom of conscience, religion and thought,” It reads in part.

“Further to this, the Education Act (2013) section 4 indicates that “it shall be the duty of the Minister of Education to promote education for all people in Malawi irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability or any other discriminatory characteristics.”

According to the statement, it is therefore the entitlement of all citizens of Malawi not to be discriminated against and that all persons are entitled to education and religious conscious and belief.

But the Ministry has since refused issuing the statement.

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4 Comments

  1. let the muslim students wear hijab as it is their right enshrined in the Constitution of malawi. it would not harm anybody if muslim student start wearing hijab would it?

    • The constitution talks against discrimination but I see the use of HIJAB in Islam to be discriminatory in itself. The hijab is worn by women because it is the preserve of ONLY the husband to see the face of the woman/wife in the bedroom – Now the question is: WHY DON’T MEN ALSO WEAR HIJAB??? because in the same vein it should be the preserve of ONLY the wife to see the face of a man/husband in the bedroom.
      If I am misinterpreting the notion then correct me; but I feel there must be uniform application of this religious cultural requirement. AS IT IS NOW IT SEEMS MEN ARE NOT FREE TO SEE FACES OF DIFFERENT WOMEN THEN CHOOSE THE LOVE OF THEIR LIFE BASED ON THE WOMAN’S BEAUTY; BUT WOMEN ARE FREE TO ADMIRE AS MANY MEN AS POSSIBLE THAT THEIR EYES ARE FREE TO GAZE UPON. UNFORTUNATELY WOMEN HAVE NO POWERS TO CHOOSE THEIR SPOUSES.
      Please amend some old fashioned religious cultural habits – we are in the 21st century and NOT IN THE DARK AGES.

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