Hijab peace talks end in deadlock

Anglicans and Muslims have failed to reach a common ground at a government brokered peace talks on whether Muslim girls should continue using hijab or not during classes in Anglican run schools in Balaka.

Hijab wearing Muslim women

This follows a deadlock at M’manga Community Day Secondary School and primary school in the district over the Muslim gear.

Principal secretary for ministry of Education Justin Saidi headed the peace talks which were aimed at finding solutions to the problem which has forced the schools to remain closed for a week now.

Saidi refused to comment soon after the talks on Thursday although he conceded the talks yielded nothing.

“I will have to consult with my superiors and we will come up with a dress code for girls in schools by Friday,” said Saidi.

The schools are run by the Anglican church but the communities around it, mostly Muslim, say they own 60 per cent of the structures because people were told to build some class rooms on self-help basis.

The Anglican church has since threatened to turn the schools private if the issue of hijab remains unresolved, a move the Muslims are rejecting

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Buganda
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Buganda

Choyamba ndikufuna ndiwayankhe awa akuzitcha kuti “Aka”, our Madrassas are still operating across the country, you can check on this.

If Anglicans feels Muslims don’t have a stake at this school, then let them remove it from that ream and built it where there are no Muslims. Mukufuna kumatitola ife asilamu eti?

Ifensotu ndife a Malawi and we pay tax just like anyone else. If you will not allow our children to wear hijabu, this school won’t open, we have every right to practice our faith without infringement.

Jeff Mpotazingwe
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Jeff Mpotazingwe

Teach the mind to reason not wasting time with outside appearance. You can take the hijab out of Aisha but you cannot take Aisha from the hijab. When you teach teachers please concentrate on the mind of learners not anything else; this is petty issue.

C Banda
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C Banda

I have just googled : malawi anglican nun. There are images of African nuns wearing “headgear”. Would Anglican or Roman Catholic nuns be excluded from these schools, even if they were qualified teachers?

I have a feeling that it is illegal to ban from classes a girl wearing a hijab (headscarf). Certainly, it is illegal in other countries, such as the UK.

Oni
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Oni

Have you ever seen mother Marie picture with out a head covering? So why refuse her daughter’s a head covering, we believe and respect her as our own mother too.

Mgoloso
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Koma asilamu mutivutanso bwanji!!

MALANDITE
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MALANDITE

When some fight for a religious free society we mean these things

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

Anglican church inali yabwino kale koma pano ndadabwa nayo ndima bishop odzikondawa.Kumeneko sikulu siiyenda mpang’ono pomwe kkk.What is needed is that The Mphatso Bango Priest should be fair in his conduct.We are all Malawians.If the students in Mangochi St Augustine1,2 and 3 put on hijabs yet the school s are owned by Catholics and are accommodated.What more with Mmanga Parish,these moslems will not turn their school into Islam.Here the way they are behaving it is unacceptable.We have Islamic schools all over Malawi which accommodate Christians as well.Uku ndikubweresa chisokonezo.A Bango awawa akufunika kuwafunsa bwinobwino pachilonga chawo.Madiocese onse a Anglican alowelerepo… Read more »

Aka
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Aka

Let these Muslims revert to their madrasas instead of causing trouble. Madrasasa is where they blong

Bristone Mabichi
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Bristone Mabichi

Zonse zikhale momwe zinayambira pachiyambi. China chiri chonse chongobwera chichotseni ndi chomwe cha sokoneza zonse. Ukamathandiza sikuti chinthu’cho ndi chako ayi, pamenepa tipamvetse. Ena athandizidwa zonse 100%, koma linali thandizo chabe. Ili likhale phunziro kwa ife kuti kutenga nawo mbali pa chamwini sikuti ndi chako ayi. Zikomo

Pondamali
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Pondamali

Zukhala ngat zuveka bwino apa

Ashraff Al-muttaqeenah Allie
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Mukufuna kuthandsuza chani. .Mr Briston Manichi