The Kiel University has been banned after a conflict with a Muslim student a full concealment of the face in courses.

“On the Campus, students could wear but can also be a burqa or a niqab, which allows only an eye slit,” said Uni spokesman Boris Pawlowski. Minister of education, Karin Prien (CDU), welcomed the decision and announced a legislative initiative against the Wearing of face veils in schools. Previously, the “Kieler Nachrichten had reported”.

In the on 29. January adopted policy of the University stated that the Bureau had the responsibility to ensure that “the minimum conditions for the fulfillment of the University’s tasks are to ensure the necessary communication in research, teaching and administration”. The open communication, which is based not only on the spoken word, but also Gestures and facial Expressions is one of the””. A face veil hinders, however this open communication. Therefore, should not be worn this “in courses, exams, and discussions relating to study, teaching and consulting in the broadest sense,”.

A full face veil ban in Germany is not a novelty, said Pawlowski. He referred to the University of Giessen, which had already adopted a few years ago such a prohibition. Occasion, in Kiel, a budding nutritionist, was a convert to Islam of German, which was published a tutorial a botany lecture in the. The lecturer had informed the case to the University management for clarification.

An expert opinion the Scientific services of the Bundestag in 2014 rated a anchorage of concealment prohibition in the basic law as “not unproblematic”. But it referred to other possibilities: a consideration about a ban on the Face veil in public buildings, therefore, in the exercise of a public office, as well as students.

In the opinion reference was also made to a decision of the Bavarian administrative court. After that, the ban is, in teaching at a vocational high school face veils veil to wear, a permissible interference in the freedom of religion of the concerned student.

spokesman for the conference of education Ministers (KMK) and the German rectors ‘ conference (HRK) could not initially say how many of the school laws of the countries Full of obfuscations are banned or how many universities in Germany. “In fact, the HRK are no further incidents of this type are known. Also recommendations on the subject, there is not so far,” it said in a statement. According to the KMK, is seen in the countries of a Full face veil in class “as an objective of teaching hinderun reason”.

Minister of education, Prien is trying to establish a full face veil prohibition in the education act, until the summer of 2020. Of the nearly 800 schools in Schleswig-Holstein according to the Ministry, but so far not a single case in which a student with a burqa or niqab to class appeared.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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