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A Matter of Choice by S

March 22, 2010

I had an interesting conversation with one of my friends yesterday and the inevitable issue of compulsory veils in some Maldivian schools came up, as it does in many conversations with my liberal minded friends. I think I am very fortunate to live outside the country and to have the chance of looking at everything that is happening in the Maldives from “outside the box”.

Anyway getting to the topic of conversation- he/she was in a particular school (I would refrain from using any names for the sake of confidentiality) monitoring a project she/he was working on when the announcement was made at the school assembly. The announcement said that the school wanted to give the students the opportunity of designing their own uniforms from which the best one would be selected. But it also urged the students to keep in mind that it is an Islamic country and that most girls wore buruqas so to include such things as jackets and trousers in their design which would of course be considered when selecting the best sketch.

Obviously the inevitable happened. A new uniform was selected according to the “students’ wishes”, a letter sent to Education Ministry saying that it was the wish of the students and parents thereby making the veil compulsory as a part of the school uniform.

I will just leave it at that and let the readers make their own observations/conclusions.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. faraataa permalink
    March 23, 2010 4:58 am

    I hear that setting and revising the school uniform is not part of the mandate of school boards. So it is high time the education ministry enforce their laws forcefully

  2. veiled permalink
    March 28, 2010 8:18 pm

    Here you seem to be implying that one needs to get out of the box to “think outside the box”. You do not necessarily need to be outside Maldives to view the affairs of Maldives “from outside the box”

    So what is the point with all this? No one is forcing anyone to wear veil!

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