New law allows Chechnya’s schools to define students’ clothing rules

Girl in headscarf looking at phoneChechnya’s president has signed legislation allowing schools to set their own rules defining the type of clothing worn by their students.

The ruling takes into account the pupils’ rights to wear religious clothing or that of their cultural heritage unless it endangers their or other students’ health or “encroaches on freedoms and rights of other individuals,” reports Tass News Agency.

“An educational institution will be expected to endorse appropriate local ancillary regulations that should take account of opinions of the council of students, the council of parents and the representative board of teachers (if it has one) in order to facilitate observance of the rights of citizens to freedom of consciousness and freedom of religion,” said the official statement.

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