Education Minister: No Plans to Ban Headscarf from Schools

February 5, 2004

Source: Aftenposten

On February 5, 2004 Aftenposten reported, "Education Minister Kristin Clemet said during question time in parliament on Wednesday that she had no plans to ban the hijab - the head scarf worn by Muslim women that has recently become increasingly associated with Islamism. The Progress Party's parliamentary group agreed Wednesday to propose banning the hijab and the burka from elementary schools. Progress Party (Fr.P) deputy leader Siv Jensen...said the proposal aimed to integrate and believes the hijab repressed women...Jensen said the Fr.P had not considered religious symbols such as the crucifix, turban or calotte because they did not consider the hijab a religious symbol, but a political one."