Abayas, qamis… Rectors on the alert about religious outfits at school

A Muslim high school student from Lycée Paul-Gauguin in the La Source district of Orléans. Eric MALOT/MAXPPP

DECRYPTION – National Education sent them several notes to call them to be vigilant and enforce the law.

It’s a case that the Minister of Education, Pap Ndiaye, paid little attention to, but which his services took up, obviously taking the matter seriously. The national “Valeurs de la République” center on Rue de Grenelle recently sent several notes to the rectorates on the wearing of uniforms “ostensibly” nuns. Objectives: to call for vigilance on attacks on secularism and to recall the framework of the 2004 law, which prohibits religious signs and outfits on school grounds.

Questioned on September 4 by The Midi Dispatch on Islamism and anti-Semitism at school, Pap Ndiaye affirmed that he “would be careful not to generalize these phenomena”. “There are points of vigilance, but that does not say everything about the 60,000 schools and educational establishments in France”, he added. A way to temporize, as he had done in June already, when the media had echoed reports in several academies – starting with that of Paris –…

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