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Ban on religious veils overturned by Academy at Kidderminster
6:10am Friday 20th September 2013 in Local
A CONTROVERSIAL ban on religious veils has been overturned at the Academy at Kidderminster, part of Birmingham Metropolitan College, following complaints by Muslim students.
The Academy is one of nine campuses within Birmingham Metropolitan College which has modified its policy to allow students to wear clothing that reflects their “cultural values”.
The change of heart came after a number of Muslim students and groups complained about the policy, which also included a ban on hoodies, hats and caps.
In a statement, the college said: “Birmingham Metropolitan College is committed to high quality education for all of our learners. “We are concerned that recent media attention is detracting from our core mission of providing high quality learning. As a consequence, we will modify our policies to allow individuals to wear specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values.
“The college will still need to be able to confirm an individual’s identity in order to maintain safeguarding and security. The necessity to comply with national regulations, examination board requirements and applicable legislation will remain an overriding priority in all circumstances, as will the need to ensure that effective teaching and learning methodologies are applied.
“We have listened to the views of our students and we are confident that this modification to our policies will meet the needs of all of our learners and stakeholders.”
Birmingham Metropolitan College made a £10 million investment in the Academy, which opened in the Piano Building, in Weavers Wharf, in Kidderminster, in September last year.
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