Christian school in The Hague bans teacher who wore Islamic headscarf

An orthodox Christian primary school in The Hague on Friday refused to accept a fill-in teacher because she was wearing an Islamic headscarf.

School head Teun Klaver said the school had imposed strict rules on clothing around seven years ago. The school bans all religious clothing and attributes unless they relates to the Christian faith.

Orthodox religious schools are run privately but receive government funding. They may only ban religious symbols under very strict circumstances, a spokesman for the equal opportunities commission told the Volkskrant.

Dutch News, 28 November 2010