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Should Religious Rituals Be Banned In Schools?

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naomi24 | 11:04 Thu 18th Jan 2024 | News
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//The headteacher of a school facing legal action over a ban on prayer rituals has defended the policy, arguing that it was vital in order to “maintain a successful learning environment where children of all races and religion can thrive”.

The case against Michaela community school in Brent, north-west London, which has been the subject of a two-day hearing at the high court in London this week, has been brought by one of its Muslim pupils, who claims the ban is discriminatory and is seeking to have it overturned.


Coppel said the prayer sessions led to growing segregation between non-Muslim and Muslim pupils in the playground, and that a number of Muslim children were observed by teachers applying peer pressure to other Muslim children, encouraging them to be more observant.

In one alleged incident described to the court, a child who had never previously worn a headscarf was pressured to wear one. A Muslim girl was said to have dropped out of the school choir after she was told by other Muslim children that it was haram (forbidden), while a number of other children were told they were “bad Muslims” for not praying and had begun to pray, according to written arguments before the court.//



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However long the girl has been there she shouldn't expect the school to change policy to suit her.  Her parents should look for another school that more adequately fulfils her extracurricular requirements.


they should uphold the ban. sounds like it was introduced for a good reason.


Hasn't it always been part of the school's policy?


according to the article the ban was introduced last year.

the more i think about it the more annoyed it makes me...

michaela is a school with a very good reputation... it markets itself on being very very strict so even if the ban was not in place when this person enrolled their parents must have known the kind of school that it was... good education is not as common as it should be in this country and those who are in a position to receive it are very lucky indeed! we have schools literally falling apart due to cutbacks and poor maintenance... students are so often let down by our education system. these parents have managed to get their kids a golden ticket and they whine about it... i do always try to see things from the other point of view but i do not have any sympathy here sorry  

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