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ISI reopens after a week closure, Aderinto calls for calm

The International School University of Ibadan reopened today after a week closure owing to seeming religious isues as a result of some female muslim students demanding to wear hijab.

The school was shut last week following a protest by Oyo State Muslim Community who demanded that the Muslim girls in the school be allowed to wear hijab in the school.

But the school management said the hijab wearing is not part of the school's rules and regulations.

The International School University of Ibadan
The Muslim Parents Forum had posited that the right to use hijab was fundamental and does not contravene the rules and regulations of of the school but the school maintained that the dressing code of the International School does not allow hijab citing the rules and regulations of the school.

The agitation for the use of hijab led to protest at the school gate last Monday after which the management ordered the school be closed to avoid consequential happenings.

The order to reopen the school was given yesterday by the Chairman Court of Governors of the school who is also the Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Professor Yinka Aderinto.

Professor Aderinto advised that those who are not pleased with the current dress code should address it through a due process.

The female Muslim students of ISI did not appear in their hijab as they resumed on Monday.

Professor Aderinto, in a release, conveyed the resolution of the UI Expanded Management Meeting that the school be reopened on Monday, November 26 while adequate measures are out in place to forestall breakdown of law and order.

In another release titled "As we resumed, let this House remain one" issued by Professor Aderinto himself, he thanked the parents and guardians for their patience and understanding.

He called on all to commit to peace and should not let the event of last one week cause disaffection among the stakeholders.

Our correspondent who visited the school located in the  Southeast of the University of Ibadan early this morning reported that normalcy returned to the school but journalists were prevented from having access to the school premises.

Parents who brought their children were also not allowed to enter the school premises as the UI security team mounted roadblocks at the school junction

Efforts by our correspondent to speak with the school principal, Mrs Phabean Olowe on whether normal school programme had commenced could not materialise as she abruptly ended the phone call put to her by this reporter immediately after introducing himself.

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