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Muslim primary school teachers should not be encouraged to wear the full-face veil in class, one of Britain's leading Islamic scholars has insisted.

Dr Sheikh Hojjat Ramzy welcomed remarks by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams that fears about the increasing use of the niqab in Britain are 'misplaced' but said young children nevertheless need to see their teachers' facial expressions.

He said that even for the most strict Muslims education must be "paramount" and, when it comes to communicating with small children, facial expressions are essential because "a picture paints a thousand words".


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