Amid the hijab spat in Karnataka, the government on Thursday decided to resume classes for high school students from next week, even as Prime Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the Supreme Court has said students should not wear religious clothing to colleges.
The government’s decision to resume classes from Feb. 14 to Standard X and beyond for Pre-University and Degree Colleges came at a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister with his cabinet colleagues representing the Household, Primary and Secondary Education portfolios. and Higher Education, and official seniors.
“It has been decided that the high school classes up to class 10 will start functioning from Monday and in the second phase, PUC and colleges will start, the dates will be announced in due course,” he said. The Karnataka government announced a three-day holiday on Tuesday amid violence and tension in some schools and colleges over the clash with the Hijab (Islamic headscarf) versus saffron scarves.
The full session of the Karnataka High Court hearing the hijab ban case on Thursday set the case for February 14. petitions by the Muslim girl students challenging the hijab ban.
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The court was formed after the single judge, Judge Dixit, referred the case to the CJ with the intention of a larger court hearing the case. The full bank also said it wants the matter resolved as soon as possible, but until then peace and tranquility must be maintained.
Earlier, the chief justice asked the media not to report on the bank’s observations during the hearing. The hijab feud started in late December when a few students came to the pre-university college in Udupi wearing hijab. Some Hindu students with saffron scarves protested against this. The spat spread to other educational institutions in different parts of the state, and protests turned violent sometime earlier this week, prompting the government to declare a three-day vacation for the institutions on Tuesday.
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