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Nigerian govt approves use of Hijab for female students in all unity, technical colleges



The Federal Ministry of Education has approved the use of corporate/cape-size hijab as part of the school uniform of female Muslim students in all the 112 Federal Unity Colleges as well as Federal Science and Technical Colleges.

The approval was contained in a circular released by the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, dated February 1, 2023.

The circular, titled: “Use of Corporate/Cape Size Hijab as Part of School Uniform for Female Muslim Students of Federal Unity Colleges,” was forwarded to Principals of all the Federal Unity Colleges.

According to the circular, David Adejo, permanent secretary of the ministry, said the students can use corporate/cape-size hijab of their various school uniforms.

He, however, cautioned that no student should be compelled to use the corporate/cape-size hijab on her uniform against her wish.

“You will recall that the female students have two sets of school uniforms which are: skirt and blouse (blouse, short or long sleeve as the case may be) with a hat or beret; and trousers and kaftan (kaftan below the knee) and a head tie.

“Please be guided accordingly,” Mr Adejo said in the circular.

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