UI International School Shut Down Indefinitely, Management Excoriated, Over Hijab Crisis

The religious crisis over the wearing of hijab by female Moslem students of the University of Ibadan International Secondary School (ISI) worsened on Monday forcing its management to shut down the school indefinitely.

Some Moslems parents were said to have staged a protest which the management feared might become violent.

The closure was a sequel to the religious crisis being foisted over a move by a group of parents under the banner of Muslim Parents Forum who are advocating the wearing of Hijab in the 55-year old private school.

When the crisis started last week, both the Parents Teachers Association and the Board of Governors reaffirmed the present dress code as stipulated in the rules and regulation of the school.

The Board chaired by Professor Abideen Aderinto had empowered the school to enforce the dress code of the school while appealing to advocates of hijab to abide by the extant rules.

However, the peaceful resumption of school was disrupted again today when some parents brought their Hijab wearing girls to school and were shut out of the school.

Apparently anticipating such reaction, the group mobilized and carried placard singing songs that wearing hijab is a right and must not be denied willing Muslim girls.

The chairman of the forum Alhaji A.A Balogun, whose daughter was prevented from entering the school, was involved in the ensuing disturbance.

As the protest escalates, security men were mobilised while the school was put under lock and key parents rushed to pick their wards.

Speaking on the closure of the school, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the UI and Chairman Board of Governors, Professor Adeyinka Abideen Aderinto stated that “I am reaching you through this medium to apologise for failing to hold classes today, and for closing the school to academic activities. This was a very difficult decision for me to take on behalf of the Board of Governors, but one which I had to take to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

“You will all recall that we have been battling with a religious crisis since Monday, November 12, 2018, following a letter we received from a body of Muslim parents notifying us of the commencement of the use of hijab by female Muslim students.

You were also aware of the resolutions of the Parents/Teachers Association’s meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and the decisions of the Board of Governors after a meeting that held on Wednesday, November 14, 2019.

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