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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Chaos in Osun State as Students Wear Religious Clothes To School To Protest a Government Policy



The Baptist High School, Iwo, Osun State was in a state of chaos and confusion yesterday Tuesday Feb 4th as some students of the school came into the school premises wearing their religious apparels such as Hijab, choir robes, white garments, fetish veils and Orunmila attires, ditching the approved uniform by the state government. And later during their assembly time, the students all sang songs that were associated with their religious beliefs. 

According to reports, the students were registering their displeasure at the state government for the introduction of unified School Uniforms for all schools irrespective of religious beliefs. The Christians who are owners of the school were protesting the new policy on education set by the state government that allows Muslim students to wear Hijab to Christian's mission public schools.

The new policy of school reclassification by the state government, which was introduced last year has been causing a lot of problems in the state, because it introduced the merger of most of schools, and because some of the schools are faith-based, there's chaos. The Christian schools do not want Muslim students wearing Hijab to school but the state govt has made it legal, thus the continued protest...

The issue is the new policy of the Government aimed at managing both the schools owned by religious groups is is a very delicate issue considering the multi-religious nature of a state like Osun and Nigeria in general. 

And the picture we are seeing is the long discord that exists between the two main religions.

The best way out is to return mission schools to their owners before the crises escalate from schools to the streets. 

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