THE TORIES voiced support yesterday for schools that want to ban Muslim girls from wearing a face veil after Ofsted inspectors claimed veils were “possibly” causing communication problems.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan also said that schools should be able to prohibit teachers from wearing the niqab in the classroom.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said that there are “few people who wear the niqab” but debating it “usually comes with a diet of bigoted commentary about the place of Islam in Britain.”
It added: “Even among MCB members, there are different views on the niqab and how Muslim women who wear it can make a positive contribution to society. Islamic practices allow for certain exceptions and necessities in the spirit of being reasonable.”
Ms Morgan’s intervention followed Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw saying that inspectors have found that the garment is “possibly” causing communication problems “on occasion.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has also said he would back institutions that have “sensible rules” on Muslims wearing full-face veils, but he ruled out a full, French-style, public ban.