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Article NTNU says no to niqab ban image

NTNU says no to niqab ban

On Thursday the Student Parliament of NTNU will gather to take a stand on the government proposal to ban the niqab and other face-covering garments in public institutions, such as universities.

Last autumn Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, announced a government initiative to ban veiled garments such as the niqab. Several actors have since taken a stand to express their disagreement with the proposal. They question the neccessity of a national ban, preferring a case-by-case evaluation. This is reported by Universitetsavisa.

The Student Parliament at NTNU will discuss the matter on Thursday, when a statement of opposition to the government measure is expected to be issued.

– We believe that any prohibition of face-covering garments would need to be done on a local level. It should not be a national ban. There must be professional reasoning behind such a decision, says the leader of the Student Parliament, Marte Øien, to Universitetsavisa.

NTNU has so far only issued a short official statement on their opposition of the proposal, along with other universities such as UiO in Oslo. However UiT in Tromsø and Volda University College have conclusively stated their opposition to the proposed legislation. Similar stances have been taken by The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions, UHR, and The National Union of Students in Norway, NSO. However, the Sør-Trøndelag county supports the proposal. All answers are due to be submitted before the 20th of September.