The Supreme Council of the International School, Ibadan (ISI), University of Ibadan, has stated that the two-week suspension of a Muslim student, Miss Ikhlass Olasubomi Badiru, has nothing to do with wearing hijab.
DAILY POST recalls that the school said last week that she had suspended Badiru because she was found guilty of insolence for the school board. The two-week suspension will take effect from 7 to 18 October
The school insisted in the suspension letter signed by its headmaster, Phebean Olowe, and addressed to Badiru that the Disciplinary Commission investigated Badir's action and found her guilty of the school board, although there were allegations from parents of the students, other Muslim parents at school Islamic organizations, including the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria (NSCIA), suspended her for hijab.
The school board confirmed, however, while he responded that the suspension of the student has absolutely nothing to do with Hijab.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday, the board insisted that Badiru be suspended for wearing an unauthorized cardigan.
The statement states: "The Supreme Council hereby reaffirms the special consideration of all parents, guardians, stakeholders and the public that the suspension of Ikhlas has absolutely nothing to do with hijab. Instead, she was suspended for wearing an unauthorized cardigan because she refused to remove it according to the instructions of a vice-principal of the school, while other offenders pursued and defiantly left the vice-principal.
"This is a reported case of wrongdoing that borders on an outrageous act against which Ikhlas confirmed its liability in its written and verbal defense. In accordance with the school's rules and regulations, the SDIP recommended that they be suspended for two weeks as a corrective action and serve as a deterrent to other students.
"The recommendations of the SDIP were examined by the Main Disciplinary Commission (SDC) on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, and subsequently approved. Since the school was at the time of admission of the recommendation to be suspended on leave, its implementation was postponed until the beginning of the resumption of the school by SS3 students.
"The Board of Governors of the International School University of Ibadan has been alerted to several social media reports regarding a student, Ikhlas Olasubomi Badiru, who has been banned for two weeks for having committed an act of impudence. After careful consideration of the matter, the board reports that it has been falsely reported that Ikhlas has been suspended on several social media platforms for "wearing hijabs on their school uniforms."
"Ikhlas and a few other students carried unauthorized cardigans to school on Thursday, July 4, 2019. They were instructed by one of the vice principals to remove the unauthorized cardigans.
While other students humbly followed the instructions of the Vice-Rector, Ikhlas obviously refused to obey them. She defiantly then went out to the vice rector who instructed her and several other students to remove unauthorized cardigans.
"The deputy headmaster has reported the matter to the school board. Ikhlas was asked to give an explanation of what was going on. The matter was referred to the Student Disciplinary Investigation
Panel (SDIP) to allow Ikhlas a fair hearing, and the SDIP met on Thursday, July 4, 2019 to discuss the case. Ikhlas was invited by SDIP to present her case, and she did. It is instructive that at the SDIP meeting:
"Ikhlas refused to follow the headmaster's instructions to undress the unauthorized sweater.
She walked defiantly away as the officer instructed her to take off the cardigan. The behavior is quite strange and unexpected for every ISI student! From the available documentation it appears that a student of the school behaves this way for the first time.
"After all, what the school knew was that Ikhlas' state of health that day did not prevent her from respecting the school's policies, which she had pledged to obey as a schoolgirl and to behave decently. Besides, she did not claim that she felt uncomfortable in any way when addressing the vice president. "
DAILY POST recalls that the use of Hijab since November 2018 has sparked much controversy in the school, causing parents of some Muslim students to sue the school, its headmaster, the University of Ibadan and the chairman of the Ipadan Supreme Council the school, which also served as deputy vice-chancellor of the university.
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