Hijab won't be allowed during Karnataka II PUC Exams: Education Minister
He said: “All students must follow rules on uniform, hijab cladding students won't be allowed."
Karnataka Education Minister BC Nagesh said that hijabs won’t be allowed during the II PUC exams. The 2nd Pre-University Course Examination are going to be held from April 22, 2022 to May 11, 2022.
He was quoted saying by news agency IANS: “All students must follow rules on uniform, hijab cladding students won't be allowed."
Earlier, a few Muslim students who wished to appear for their Class 10 board examinations while wearing a hijab were denied citing a High Court verdict. At several exam centres, students wearing the hijab were sent back. A Muslim teacher was also suspended for wearing a hijab on duty.
The Karnataka government had asked everyone to follow the High Court ruling or else they will not be allowed to write the exam. A bench headed by Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi had dismissed the petition of students seeking to wear a hijab in classrooms and stated that it was not an ‘essential practice of Islam’.
A total of nearly 7 lakh students are set to appear for the exam in over 1076 centres. Practical lab tests will also be conducted in 1,030 examination centres which 2.6 lakh students are sent to attend. Mobile phones are banned inside the classes for students while teachers are only permitted phones without in-built cameras. There is also going to be police cover at all exam centres and a 200-metre radius outside the exam centre will be declared a prohibited zone.