The case of a Muslim pupil refusing to remove her niqab triggered debate in Lower Saxony. Now a new law may mean that full-face Islamic veils will no longer be allowed in state schools.
The state of Lower Saxony is expected to announce a ban on face veils such as burqas and niqabs in schools in August, following a unanimous decision by the state parliament on Thursday to amend current education policies, reports the Branschweiger Zeitung.
A niqab covers the whole body except for a slit for the eyes, whereas a burqa fully covers the body including the eyes.
The state's school board also plans on publishing regulations for the practical handling of the ban.