ISLAM Mascara, teacher wants to impose the veil: students (and parents) in revolt

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Even the principal took sides against the professor of Islamic sciences, stressing that he exceeded the limits of his role. Wanting to impose a dress code is inappropriate and calls into question the very criteria of national education. The teacher was suspended from his post, but found solidarity with extremist and radical groups.

Algiers (AsiaNews) – School, whether public or private, should not be ideological, but for Islamic fundamentalists it can only be: in other words, Sharia (Islamic law) should be the main source of all teaching; of all behaviors, clothing habits of students, especially girls, and also eating habits.

In Algeria, a nation where Islamic sciences are taught in schools, colleges and high schools, school programs are established by educators appointed by the state. Considering also the importance of the Muslim religion for the population and taking into account the sensitivity of certain issues which in some cases could not only be a source of troubles as in the case of certain Islamic laws, but would also end up radicalizing students, robbing them of their humanity and making them potential terrorists of thought.

In Mascara, a city located 350 km south of the capital, an Islamic science teacher has sparked a violent controversy over the attitude adopted towards his students. The story began when some parents reported to the school administration that the teacher in question violated the internal regulations of national education, going beyond his mission by wanting to determine the clothing choices of the students.

The interference of this teacher in the dress of the pupils appeared not only inappropriate, but also undermines the reliability of the internal rules and the education even given by the parents. It should also be noted that interference means that “we take care of something that does not concern us and participate strongly in the reflection, to guide the decision”.

Transmitting a report from the school management to the educational service of this “wilaya” (territorial administrative unit), the latter quickly made the decision to suspend the teacher from her post, which ended up irritating some Algerian internet users. .

The decision was deemed harsh and disproportionate according to some social media users – attributable to Algerian extremist factions – who expressed their solidarity with the teacher. Also and above all because on his Facebook page the teacher in question remained firm on his positions: “I did nothing other than ask my students to dress decently”.

Could there be something wrong with a teacher asking for proper attire? However, it should be noted that all educational institutions around the world have internal regulations that require decent dress and that the school administration ensures that they are followed. And that a teacher is responsible, as a government official, for the education provided and as such must submit to a moral commitment, that of being neutral.

In the same video, he recounts responding to the high school principal who asked him not to come to work wearing the “qamis” (long tunic characteristic of Islamic male clothing). The teacher did not hesitate to call out to the principal, going to work dressed in this fashion until the school principal allowed entry to “unclean” students, who do not wear the veil or do not wear the veil. not dress in typical Islamic clothes.

This intervention on social networks did not go unnoticed. The director of this high school in a video published on the official web page of the institute decided to make public a case which was becoming more complicated than expected and which raised heavy suspicions on the teacher. By “decent dress”, it turned out that the latter specifically meant the “Islamic veil”, which is in no way required of teachers or students of Algerian schools.

According to the dean, the teacher largely exceeded the prerogatives of his function by not only asking students to wear the veil, but also by distributing an odious booklet dealing with the origins of the Berbers in Algeria. “What do Berber origins have to do with Islamic science lessons,” the dean asked. The latter finally identified another serious problem: the teacher has allegedly harassed the students and for that he is preparing to take legal action.

Faced with this unacceptable attitude and faced with a situation that risked degenerating and to avoid destabilizing the students, the parents intervened. Showing up to the presidential offices, they reaffirmed that they are the sole legal owners of their children and are responsible for their education, contrary to what the professor was trying to imply.


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