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Waiting for the VfGH judgment: will the headscarf ban be extended soon?

Two Muslim parents – supported by the IGGÖ – complained against the regulation. They argue that this represents a disproportionate interference with religious freedom and the religious upbringing of children. In addition, it violates the principle of equality if the kippah can be worn and the headscarf not.

When can a judgment be expected?

The VfGH has already postponed the decision once and is keeping a low profile.

How does the law work in practice?

There is no current data on the number of violations, a survey apparently takes several days, but: The Vienna Education Directorate, for example, only five violations were reported by January. As KURIER has learned, some Viennese schools rely on compromises in practice with religious parents. Example: A child is allowed to enter the school building with a headscarf, but has to take it off in class.

Are more girls now going to gymnastics or swimming lessons?

“No,” replies the Viennese school quality manager Patrick Wolf. “After the number of children with headscarves in elementary schools was always marginal, we did not notice any change.” Children who previously wore a headscarf in German class would no longer wear it. This also applies to physical education, says Wolf.

What if the lawsuit is dismissed?

Then the law could be tightened. At the beginning of the year, the ÖVP announced that it would extend the regulation to children up to 14 years of age and teachers. The Greens initially refused. Now everyone is waiting for the groundbreaking VfGH ruling.

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