On Monday, Norway joined a growing pool of European countries to propose a headscarf ban — this time for implementation in all schools, Reuters reported.
According to Education Minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen, the ban — which was introduced by a minority government composed of center-right and populist parties — is intended to aid in the learning process, and would apply all the way from kindergarten to university.
“Garments that cover the face prevent communication that is key for pupils and students in their learning,” Isaksen said. “Norway is an open society where everyone should be able to see each other’s face.”
If it passes, which proponents like Isaksen expect it will, Norway will be the first Nordic state to ban veils in public spaces — and will join France, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and the German state of Bavaria, which have instituted similar bans in recent years.
Those who do not comply with the ban — both instructors and students alike — will face strict consequences: Students could be expelled, and teachers could lose their jobs.
The ban has been in the works for a while. In October of 2016, Isaksen was quoted as saying that legislators were in the process of writing “national regulations prohibiting the full-face veil in schools and universities.”
According to government data, Muslims represent under three percent of the Norwegian population.
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