The decision to make prayer rooms available for Muslims in two Swiss state schools is viewed by some as a pragmatic solution. Others believe prayer rooms have no place in secular Switzerland.

"Teenagers were rolling out their prayer mats all over the school – in the halls and the staircase. The school administrators didn't want this and decided to make some modest rooms available to students – regardless of religion," Reto Wyss, the director of education for the canton of Lucerne, told swissinfo.ch.

He appears mildly annoyed, as if tired of having to justify himself once again. Such rooms can also be found at universities and airports, where they have proven successful.

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