[LISTEN] It’s Time for Public & Private Schools to STOP Targeting Muslim Students

Oct 25, 2018


Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News – 25-10-2018

Social Cohesion Advocate Yusuf Abramjee says the time has come for both public and private schools to stop targeting Muslim students.

Abramjee was speaking to Radio Islam on Wednesday following allegations that Ashton International College in Benoni refused to allow a pupil to grow his beard as part of his Islamic practices.

This comes after an incident at Jeppe High School for girls last month where a group of Muslim pupils were threatened with disciplinary actions for wearing hijabs with their school uniform.

Abramjee says a legal opinion by the Department of Basic Education unanimously agrees that both public and private schools cannot discriminate against Muslim students.

He says school policy cannot undermine the law or the constitution.

“The time has now come, we are sick and tired of schools discriminating against Muslim students. We are sick and tired of the Islamophobia and if they keep on insisting that we don’t grow beards and don’t wear headscarves and hijab and if the department fails to act we will have no choice but to go to the constitutional court to make sure that they abide by the law.”

Abramjee says school governing bodies should be diverse and have members of all religious groups.

“It needs to represent the school population.”

Abramjee has appealed to the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa to start a campaign against discrimination against Muslim students.


Listen to the interview with Yusuf Abramjee



Twitter: @FaizelPatel143 


Prime Spot!!!


Related Articles

The Africa Report: tourism boom on the continent

The Africa Report: tourism boom on the continent

Neelam Rahim | neelam@radioislam.co.za 5 min read | 15:00 CAT This week's edition of the Africa Report with Radio Islam International, Senior Research Fellow at Africa Asia Dialogues, Ebrahim Thembisa Fakude, highlights the various issues on the African continent. An...

read more
Eskom board to be replaced, says Gordhan

Eskom board to be replaced, says Gordhan

Umamah Bakharia | ub@radioislam.co.za 3min read 27 September 2022 | 11:15 am CAT Eskom's directors have been informed of a change to the board in the upcoming days by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.     The failing power utility has been facing a...

read more
Palestine Report: UN General Assembly

Palestine Report: UN General Assembly

Neelam Rahim | neelam@radioislam.co.za 5 min read | 15:40 CAT The 77th general debate of the United Nations General Assembly took place in New York, where World Leaders gathered and represented their countries. The leaders share their perspectives and give one another...

read more

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.