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Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta state schools roasted for obliging students to wear hijab

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, July 5, 2019   /  10:30 am
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Santri (Islamic boarding school students) dressed in costumes participate in a parade for the Santri Carnival along Jl. Malioboro in the busiest shopping area of Yogyakarta on Oct. 22, 2018.(The Jakarta Post/Tarko Sudiarno)

A state elementary school principal in Yogyakarta’s Gunung Kidul regency has canceled an order to oblige first-year students to wear Muslim attire after public protest and a reprimand from the local administration. In the latest case of resistance against Islamic conservatism in educational institutions, the principal of SD 3 state elementary school in Karangtengah, Puji Astuti, bowed to pressure to annul the regulation, which was initially to be implemented in July. “The first circular to inform [parents about] the regulation, and its revision, were [annulled] on Wednesday,” Gunung Kidul Education Agency secretary Sudya Marsita said on Thursday. “Maybe [Puji Astuti] really wanted to develop good character in the students, but she went out of control,” Sudya added. The central government has never obliged students to wear Muslim attire at state scho...