Report: Hijabs for Five-Year-Olds Part of Approved Uniform at ‘Thousands’ of English Schools

Children as young as five are being allowed to wear hijabs by potentially thousands of state primary schools, alarming campaigners who say the Muslim headscarf sexualises children.

Hijab: Schoolgirls as young as 5 are wearing headscarvesThe rise of British primary schools including hijabs in their approved uniform lists  —  a garment which Muslims say preserves a woman’s modesty, but is traditionally not worn until puberty  — was reported by The Sunday Times, which surveyed 800 state primary schools on their policies regarding the headscarf.

Noting “growing concern” over hijabs increasingly appearing in primary school uniform lists, education regulator Ofsted is looking into whether “there is evidence that schools are facing external pressure”, from parents or religious groups to include the garment as official school uniform, a source said.

Almost one in five (18 per cent) schools surveyed by The Sunday Times, across 11 regions of England, list the Islamic headscarf as part of their uniform policy…

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