Public divided on wearing of headscarves in schools

The Irish public is divided on the issue of whether Muslim pupils should be allowed to wear headscarves in schools, according to an opinion poll published this morning.

Forty-eight per cent of respondents to the TNS/MRBI poll in the Irish Times said the wearing of headscarves should be allowed, but 39% disagreed.

Support was highest among women, young people and among Green Party and Sinn Féin supporters.

The issue hit the headlines last month when the principal of a school in Co Wexford called on the Government to issues guidelines on the wearing of headscarves.

The principal had been asked to allow a Muslim girl wear her headscarf even though it contravened the school rules on uniforms.


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