School headscarf saga resolved

Two siblings, who were kicked out of their school for wearing Muslim headgear, are back in class.

Two siblings, who were kicked out of their school for wearing Muslim headgear, are back in class.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department on Thursday said two Muslim learners who were allegedly kicked out of a Kraaifontien school for wearing religious headgear have returned to the classroom.

Teachers at Eben Donges apparently asked the siblings in grade 11 and nine to remove their headscarf and fez when one of them refused their parents were called in last week.

They were told that it was not part of their school uniform.

Education spokesperson Paddy Attwell said the matter has since been sorted out.

"We are pleased to say that the two learners returned to class this morning after extensive discussions with the principal. Our district offict instructed the school in writing to allow the learners to return."

The South African Human Rights Commission is investigating the matter.