Norway proposes ban on full-face veil and face coverings in schools

Norway proposes ban on full-face veil and face coverings in schools

Norway wants to ban the full-face veil in schools (Stock image)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Norway is to propose a ban on the full-face veil and other clothing covering the face, claiming it hinders communication between students and teachers.

The ban would affect nurseries, schools and universities and it would include the niqab, burqas, balaclavas and masks, according to the BBC. But the ban would not affect hats, caps and headscarves.

Most political parties in the country support the idea and so the bill is expected to be passed next year.

Torbjorn Roe Isaksen, the minister of education and research, said of the ban: "These clothes prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a good education."

However, local authorities in the country are already entitled to ban the full-face veil in schools if they so wish.

Opponents to the proposal have claimed the idea is not relevant. Linda Noor, from minority thinktank Minotenk, said: "There are very, very few who use the niqab, so this is marginal problem in the integration context.

"Therefore, I believe the proposal is not necessary."