Freedom of Religious Expression in Schools
|Freedom of Religious Expression in Schools|
|The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has been informed of numerous instances wherein learners have faced difficulties in terms of religious expression in schools. Parents are hereby advised that:
South African Schools Act 84 of 1996 (National Guidelines on School Uniforms) states:
29. The following information is provided to assist in determining a school uniform policy or dress code and in the management of school uniforms.
Religious and Cultural Diversity
(2) If wearing a particular attire, such as yarmulkes and headscarves, is part of the religious practice of learners or an obligation, schools should not, in terms of the Constitution, prohibit the wearing of such items. Male learners requesting to keep a beard as part of a religious practice may be required by the school to produce a letter from their religious teacher or organisation substantiating the validity of the request. The same substantiation is applicable to those who wish to wear a particular attire.
[Government Gazette – 23 February 2006]
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act No. 108 of 1996 Section 31) also guarantees the right to freedom of conscience and religion.
Parents should address their grievances via the following structures and in the following order of priority:
For further information you may contact your nearest Jamiatul Ulama South Africa Branch.