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Top primary school reverses hijab ban.

Top primary school reverses hijab ban.

A top London primary school has reversed a controversial decision banning children under eight from wearing the hijab to school.

The chair of governors who championed the ban stepped down from his role on Friday, as backlash against the decision grew. 

St Stephen’s Primary School in Upton Park, Newham, faced sustained criticism over the decision to block girls from wearing the religious garment during the school day, to help Key Stage One girls “integrate”. The school also discussed curbing fasting among younger children at school during Ramadan.

More than 19,000 people signed a petition calling for the ban – which they described as an act of “oppression” – to be lifted.

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