This is what Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, said.
These girls should not be forced to cover their heads in school.
They are, however, encouraged to wear tudung and baju kurung but are still given an option to wear the pinafore.
The wearing of tudung shouldn't be an issue, Puad said.
a circular issued by the Education Ministry in 1993, it stated that
schools didn't have the authority to enforce their own uniform code on
Under the circular, three uniform options were given to students pinafore and blouse, baju kurung, kain sarung and tudung, baju kurung and kain sarung.
circular also mentioned that students were required to follow the
uniform code set by the ministry and that they should not be pressured
into donning the tudung.
Read the rest of the Star report HERE.
It's all so nice in theory but the the truth is that some (could be many) non-religious national schools have their own interpretation of "encourage to wear".
I tell you, some of these schools are run by religious zealots. Some principals are holier-than-thou. In some schools, the ustaz calls the shot.
No no no..I am not talking rubbish here. Do a survey and you'll see that I'm not talking ****.
Muslim girls are not forced to wear tudung, you say? Like I said, it depends on who runs the school.
You see, some principals and teachers are known to shame these girls into wearing the tudung. Or they put the fear of God and religion on them.
Harassing constantly and relentlessly.
It's an unfair and one-sided battle of wit, patience and will in which the pupils usually lose.
Of course, there are some pupils who put up a strong resistance.
Many Muslims believe (citing hadith and quranic verses) that it is their responsibility and duty to remind others to be good Muslims - by pointing out sins such as not wearing tudung or not performing prayers or not fasting.
So, I suppose when you are a principal holding this belief and you are in position to make rules consistent with your beliefs, then you will "enforce" a ruling compelling Muslim girls to wear tudung.
Under such circumstances, some girls are known to wear tudung only in school, dismissing it as part of the uniform.
The problem arises when pupils refuse to wear and are subjected to ridicule, shame and constant pressure from the school authorities as well as their own holier-than-thou peers.
That is why many Muslim parents send their daughters to private schools.
It may seem such a triviality but some girls just cannot take that kind of "torment". And in this day and age, private education is not unreachable or inaccessible.
People do have choices.