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Karnataka Govt urges teachers to remove hijab to take exam duty

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has said that the teachers posted for the invigilation duty for the ongoing Class 10 board exams will be removed from exam duty if they insist on wearing hijab.

Referring to the Karnataka High Court order which mandated school uniform inside classrooms without hijab, Education Minister BC Nagesh said that the uniform order for students is also applicable to teachers.

Teachers with hijab on will not be allowed inside the exam halls and those who insist for can be relieved from exam duty and there will be compulsion on teachers to take up exam duty without hijab, the Minister said.

In March, a day after the SSLC exams began in the state, five teachers at a school in Gadag district were suspended after allowing a few students to write the exam while wearing hijabs.

Along with the teachers of the CS Patil Boys and Girls High School, two chief superintendents of the exam centre — who were in charge of appointing the invigilators — were also suspended.

The action was taken by Gadag Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) GM Basavalingappa, who said that the teachers and school management violated state government guidelines for conducting the exam and The Karnataka Civil Service (Conduct) Rules, 1966.

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