Karnataka govt decides to remove teachers in hijab from exam duty

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The Karnataka government has decided that school and college teachers who wear hijab will not be put on Secondary School Leaving Certificate as well as Pre-University examination duty, Times Of India reported.

Last week, Seven teachers were suspended in the Gadag district of Karnataka for letting hijab-clad girls write the SSLC exam.

“As hijab is not allowed inside the examination hall for students, to be morally right, we are not forcing teachers who insist on wearing hijab to take up exam duty. Such teachers are relieved from exam duty,” Education minister BC Nagesh told TOI.

SSLC exams are going on in the state with about 22,000 absentees after the ban was imposed by the government, a huge spike compared to last year’s absentees.

PU exams will begin later this month.

Dozens of petitions are filed in India’s Apex court challenging the hijab ban introduced in February by the Karnataka government.

Last week, a teacher drafted for SSLC exam invigilation work in the Mysuru district was relieved from duty after she reportedly insisted on wearing a hijab. As if now, there is no dress code for government employees.