A school in Valencia has come under fire after one of its students was told she cannot attend her classes there without first removing her hijab.

The 22-year-old, who is supposed to be studying a course in tourism at the Instituto Benlliure vocational school in Spain's third city, was sent home on the first day of term because she refused to remove her headscarf.

The school has justified its decision by citing an internal rule which prohibits students from covering their heads while attending classes unless it is for hygiene reasons.

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