UI school suspends Muslim student for wearing hijab

The International School, University of Ibadan girls barred from entering their school for wearing hijab on Thursday, 15th November, 2018

The International School, University of Ibadan has suspended a female Muslim student, Ikhlass Badiru for wearing Hijab in July this year.

A two week suspension was placed on Miss Badiru by the School Principal, Phebean Olowe, in a letter seen by EduCeleb.com on Thursday.

It takes effect between 7th and 18th October, 2019.

Back in July, a video shared on social media had shown officials of the secondary school barring some students from accessing the school.

Badiru’s father, Dr Idris Badiru, had raised alarm then what he termed molestation and inhuman treatment of his daughter, Ikhlas Badiru, by the Principal of International School, University of Ibadan, Mrs. Phebean Olowe, the School Accountant identified as Mr. Odewale and other staff of the school for wearing Hijab on her school uniform.

The Muslim Parents’ Forum in the school through its Chairman, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun and Secretary, Hajia Bilkis Badiru, wrote petitions to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) urging them to investigate the matter and call those molesting the students to order.

The school later set up a committee to investigate the matter and subsequently came out with a report to suspend the student.

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Principal of the school, Phebean Olowe in the letter entitled, “Letter of Suspension”, signed on Monday, 30th September 2019 and addressed to Badiru, insisted that the disciplinary committee found her guilty of “act of impudence” to the school authority.

Olowe in the letter said, “At the meeting of the Students Disciplinary Committee (SDC) looking into students’ misconduct held on Wednesday 28th August, 2019, you were found guilty of act of impudence to school authority.

“Your action contravenes the school’s rules and regulations. Therefore, you are to serve two weeks full suspension effective from 7th September 2019 to 18th September, 2019.

“Also, you and your parents shall be expected to report to the counsellor on Monday 21st October 2019 to present a written undertaking to the school to obey rules and regulations throughout your remaining days in the school.”

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