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So I was utterly flummoxed when I entered the classroom on my first day to be confronted by three girls in the back row, sitting side by side wearing the niqab, the full-face veil which leaves only a tiny slit for the eyes. The voices behind the veils told me their names but - because there were no faces to put them to - I promptly forgot them.In the year that I taught the class, the girls never sat next to anyone else.In Afghanistan, Schoolgirl X wouldn't have had the luxury of taking any little complaint she might have to court. The Taliban shut girls' schools and decreed that no female should venture outdoors unless accompanied by a male relative.Girls who didn't do as they were told paid a terrible price. It seems ironic, then, that this child is complaining that her human rights have been infringed by the school that sent her home to be educated by a private tutor because she wouldn't wear its uniform.I didn't know if an account of slavery moved them to tears as it did some of the other students, let alone if they understood what I was teaching.Strangers The niqab left them utter strangers to me and their classmates, who simply forgot about them.Discipline The effects on discipline in the classroom would be disastrous if half the children hid behind the veil, while the other half insisted upon their human right to wear Rasta hats or Druid costumes.Anne, a teacher in Hull with 30 years' experience, has found that even the hijab, a scarf worn to cover the hair, makes identification of girls difficult."From the back, you can't tell who a student is.
It is this realisation that the niqab is not just a black robe adopted by some female followers of Islam, but, I believe, a symbolic rejection of equality and tolerance, that makes this judgment so important.And from a teacher's perspective, I can't think of anything more ridiculous than being confronted by a group of children wearing veils.