A German trade union for teachers has warned of the consequences of banning certain religious attire in schools after a teen this week was told she could not wear a face veil to school.

The 18-year-old had taken her school in Osnabrück to court after they told her she would not be able to attend classes so long as she continued to wear a niqab, which leaves the whole body covered except for a slit for the eyes. The court ultimately ruled in favour of the school.

In response, the German Education and Science Workers' Union (GEW) said on Tuesday that the ruling was a step in the wrong direction.

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