Staring next school year religious symbols are being banned in Flemish Community schools, the official state school network.

The ban has now been endorsed by the board of the Flemish community school network GO!.

The ban was first introduced three years ago amid a row about the wearing of the Muslim headscarf in schools. Four members of the public took the matter to the Council of State, Belgium's highest legal advisory body, but their complaint was thrown out because they could not prove any interest.

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