A high school in the canton of Bern has forbidden a pupil from wearing the hijab in class, Swiss media reported on Monday.

The 14-year-old Muslim girl was sent home from her school in Thun last week after being told that wearing the hijab — a veil that covers the head and chest — contravened a school rule forbidding pupils from covering their heads, reported Le Matin.

Speaking to the paper, the school's director said they were having "constructive discussions" with the girl's parents and that "a solution would emerge".

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