The Ghana Muslim Students’ Association (GMSA) have planned to protest against the seeming stigmatization of female Muslim students wearing the hijab.
This comes after Monday’s reported incident at the Action Senior High School in Accra where students from Anisah and Mercy Islamic Senior High Schools were allegedly forced to remove their hijabs before being allowed to sit for the Integrated Science paper in the ongoing West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination.
According to reports, there were fears that the students will sneak foreign materials in the exams hall to engage in exam malpractice as wore a veil.
Responding to this, National Women’s Commissioner for Association, Kadijah Iddrisu described it as disrespectful to the Islam religion.
She said that the authorities at the exam centre should have thoroughly searched the students to clear their suspicion of an intention to cheat in the exam, rather than ask for the hijab to be removed.
“This is injustice, discrimination, and disrespect to our religion as a whole. They asked the students with the fear of some of them keeping papers in their veils. They should have searched them. Our hijab has nothing to do with exams cheating, if someone wears it and cheat in exams Islam is not responsible. It seems there was an underling agenda which we find insulting” she told UniversNews
Kadijah Iddrisu further hinted on plans to start a campaign protesting against the discrimination.
“People wear skirts and write things on their thighs to aid them in exams but when they are caught, they are attacked individually. We are working on a communique or a poster to Say NO to Hijab discrimination.” she added.
Muslims in Ghana demonstrate against hijab discrimination
In October last year, some Muslims in the country embarked on a peaceful march against hijab discrimination.
The protesters included medical doctors, nurses, students, activists and other professionals.
Story by: Princeton Kwabena Wiredu | universnewsroom.com