Germany's culture of compulsory participation at school was highlighted in a court's burkini ruling last week, but there are good reasons for making exceptions as Malte Lehming from newspaper Tagesspiegel argues.

Religious freedom or mandatory schooling?

The administrative court in Leipzig has made two important rulings in the last week. Judges rejected the appeal of a Jehovah Witness family who wanted to excuse their son from a film screening at school and rejected the case of a 13-year-old Muslim girl who did not want to take part in co-ed swimming lessons.

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