Lieven Boeve, the chief executive of Belgium's Roman Catholic schools network, has gone on the record to say that the ban on the wearing of the Muslim headscarf in Belgian schools should be axed.

"I'm calling for religious symbols to be allowed to be worn in public spaces and this includes the headscarf" Mr Boeve told VRT Radio. The Roman Catholic schools CEO is urging all networks to drop the ban on the wearing of the headscarf by pupils and teachers.

The management of each Roman Catholic school in Belgium can decide for itself whether or not to allow headscarves.

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