NEWS BRIEF A German court ruled Monday in favor of a school that is seeking to prohibit students from wearing a niqab, a full-body veil that covers a woman’s face except her eyes, Deutsche Welle reports.
The student, who has only been identified as an 18-year-old German resident, was accepted to the Sophie Scholl night school in Osnabrück, northern Germany. The school reversed the decision after learning the student wore the niqab to class, claiming her choice of dress violates the school’s need for “open communication” with its students.
Deutsche Welle has more:
The Sophie Scholl School didn’t want the student to wear her niqab for two reasons. One was that they couldn't identify her—someone else could take a test for her, for example. … The other reason was that school officials believe that the open communication needed in education would not be possible if only the student's eyes are visible.
Open communication “is not just based on the spoken word but also on non-verbal elements and body language,” a statement from Lower Saxony's school authority reads. “To facilitate that kind of communication, it is essential that the students' faces are visible.”
The student was scheduled to appear in court Monday to present her case against the school’s decision, but she didn’t show. As a result, the court denied her claim.