A court in the canton of Saint Gallen has overturned a ban issued by a school on the right of a 13-year-old girl to wear an Islamic headscarf in the classroom.

The administrative court on Tuesday ruled in favour of the girl's parents who appealed a decision by school authorities to prohibit the headwear.

The court said the ban was "disproportionate" given that there was no evidence wearing the scarf, or hijab traditionally worn by Muslim women as a sign of modesty, caused any problems in the school or affected the teen's integration in the class, the SDA news agency reported.

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