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No Ban On Wearing Religious Symbols In Sabah Schools

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The Sabah Education Department has never banned anyone from wearing religious symbols in schools, said department director Datuk Jame Alip.

Jame said the ban, allegedly imposed in a schools in interior Sabah, was not right.

“A student can wear crucifixes or other religious symbols to school, provided it is not too big or meant for ‘accessorising’,” he said Tuesday.

Jame was responding to a complaint by a parent saying that her child was forced to ask for permission to wear a crucifix to school, or face disciplinary actions.

Meanwhile, the school principal said in a statement late Monday that the school has never banned anyone from wearing religious symbols in school.

However, parents are required to inform the school and fill up some forms to allow a student to wear religious symbols including the crucifix to school.

The principal said this was to prevent a student from misusing the privilege and to ensure that no one in the school dispute on the matter.

The principal said that the student who wishes to put on religious symbols while in school solely for religious reasons would then be issued an approval card.

He also said this was to curb increasing incidences of students putting on necklaces and other forms of accessories in the school for reasons other than religious use.

The principal explained that claims by the student that they would be canned or suspended from class if they failed to comply with the regulations was also untrue.MYNEWSHUB

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