Egypt bans girls from wearing hijabs to school – until they reach puberty

Egypt has banned children from wearing hijabs to school.

Education Minister Moheb Al-Refaei has said that girls will no longer be allowed to wear the hijab to school.

Speaking in an interview, the Minister said that Islam did not require girls to wear the hijab until they reach puberty and so there was no need for them to wear the veil in primary school.

He did not specify the age point at which it would be permitted.