6897France Muslim School Noted for Excellence
- Jul 20, 2006France Muslim School Noted for Excellence
By Hadi Yahmid, IOL Correspondent
Sun., Jul. 9, 2006
PARIS The first batch to graduate from France's sole
Muslim secondary school has scored impressive final
results, with hijab-clad students topping the chart.
"Success rate reached more than 75 percent, thank
God," Ammar Al-Asfar, the principal of Ibn Rushd
school, told IslamOnline.net on Sunday, July 8.
Of the 20 alumni, fifteen male and female students
have succeeded, he said, adding that a majority of 12
hijab-donned students had scored excellent remarks.
"We are proud of these results for a start.
"We have remarkably ironed out the first obstacle that
faced us since the school came into being," noted
The first batch of graduates tossed their graduation
hats into the air on Friday, July 7.
In July of 2003, the French government approved the
establishment of Ibn Rushd school in Lille, where
Muslims make up 25 percent of the one million
Seventy students are enrolled in the school, which
came as a source of relief for Muslim girls, who had
to leave their state-run school because of their
France adopted in November 2004 a controversial law
banning hijab and religious symbols like Jewish
skullcaps, crucifixes and Sikh turbans in public
French Muslims a sizeable six-million minority
along with practicing Jews, Sikhs and international
human rights groups strongly condemned the law, saying
it violated the freedom of religion right in secular
Asfar said that the school's hijab-donned students
were treated well at the state-supervised exam centers
"They were neither discriminated against nor
harassed," he said. "They were treated with respect."
Asfar said that the anti-hijab law cut both ways as it
badly harmed French Muslims, but prompted them to
establish their own schools like other minorities.
The controversial law forced many French Muslim girls
to enroll in schools in neighboring European countries
or at private schools at home.
Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey and Britain are among the
countries that were sought by a growing number of
Others have opted for charge-free tutorials provided
by French Muslims.
A number of private schools have also opened special
sections for hijab-clad students shunned by state
The second Muslim secondary school is expected to open
next academic year in Lyon, central France.
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