German Court Bans Face Veils in School
A court in Bavaria has banned a school pupil from wearing a face veil during lessons, rejecting her argument that she had a constitutional right to do so.The court ruled that effective teachers need to be able to read facial expressions.
The 18-year-old Muslim pupil had been shut out of lessons at a state run vocational college near Regensburg for refusing to remove her niqab, a garment which covers the hair and face leaving only the eyes visible.
She took the matter to court, arguing that the ban was a contravention of her constitutional right to religious expression.[…]
Judges found that the right of the state to educate took priority over the pupil's right to religious expression.