Cape Town – Two Muslim sisters could not share in the joy and excitement of being back at school for the first day of the year, as they were reportedly prevented from entering the classroom because they wore pants with their school dresses.
It was their first day at their new school, Goodwood Park Primary School in Cape Town.
According to IOL, the sisters, aged 9 and 12, wore trousers under their dresses in order to comply with the laws of Islam pertaining to its dress code. The material used to make the pants was reportedly the same material that was used for the dress.
“I went there and as soon as the admissions secretary saw us, she said there’s no way they’re going to come into the school like that, they need to undress, and she pointed into the building and said ‘you need to go and undress them’. And I said ‘I’m not going to undress them’,” IOL quoted their mother, Nabeweyah Keraan as saying.
“I’m just very anxious, all tied up in knots. I’m worried for them because instead of them feeling calm and applying themselves, especially being in a new school, to being educated, they now have to worry about ‘am I going to be judged because of what I look like … what I wear?’ It’s a different kind of worry that they shouldn’t be worried about at their age,” she reportedly added.
What about this please! @WCEDnews
Goodwood Park Primary School, Goodwood #Cape Town #WesternCape #SouthAfrica ??
Girls not allowed to enter school
Told to remove pants?
Is this the welcome on the first day of school? pic.twitter.com/6Eog3MqjDS
— Heady Roses (@HeadyRoses) January 19, 2023
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Compiled by Junaid Benjamin