The government of Russia's predominantly Muslim North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan has permitted wearing headscarves in schools, a spokesman for Dagestan's education ministry said on Monday.

"On an instruction from Dagestan's acting leader Ramazan Abdulatipov, designers of Dagestan have drafted school uniform outfits," the spokesman said. "They are in line with the national school uniform requirements. The only element of [Dagestan] folk clothes is a thin headscarf."

The spokesman said these school uniform designs were optional, and it was up to schools to decide on whether to follow the recommendations.

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