Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

National News

SSLC Exams Off To A Shaky Start As Hijab Row Resurfaces

ssc 2

Secondary School Leaving Certificate exams (SSLC; or class 10 board exams) started in the state of Karnataka on Monday, March 28 following the Karnataka high court’s order to enforce the state government’s ban on hijabs in educational institutions. Authorities at an examination centre in Hubballi district refused to let Muslim females wearing hijab into the exam hall, citing a recent High Court ruling. Muslim pupils were also denied access to the SSLC Class 10 test hall in a government school in Ilkal, Bagalkote district.

2022 3img28 Mar 2022 PTI03 28 2022 000132B min 736x1024 1

A student has cameras thrust in her face as she arrives for her SSLC exam at a centre in Bengaluru wearing a hijab on March 28. Photo: PTI


One Muslim girl student from Hubballi district turned up for the exam wearing a burkha and was sent away. She was finally permitted to sit for her exams, but only after she had changed out of the outfit.

“She had come for her exams in civil dress,”  Dharwad Mohan Kumar, a senior Karnataka government official, told NDTV. “She did not follow the uniform dress code and was wearing burkha. We convinced her that she has to follow the high court order. She changed and she is taking her exams now.”

Ahead of the exams beginning, Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had stated that anyone who violated the rules would face action. “Whoever violates the rule will face the action. We will not compromise on it. Everyone should obey the high court order. Students have to remove hijab and write the exam.”

The Karnataka High Court’s full bench has declared that hijab is not a mandatory religious practise and that everyone should follow the uniform dress code. The Karnataka administration has responded by stating that everyone must adhere to the High Court’s judgement or they would be denied the opportunity to take the examination. A Muslim supervisor in Bengaluru was also fired for wearing the hijab on duty.

277418759 380156330414575 4669073513823528405 n

Over 8.69 lakh students registered for the exam, according to the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB), however 20,994 pupils did not show up.

BC Nagesh, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education of Karnataka, claimed the test went smoothly. “After two years, full-scale SSLC exams took place. Children came to the exam centres excited and wrote the exam. Parents too happily sent their children to write the exam while teachers were too happy to conduct the exam,” Nagesh said. He added, “Police will naturally take action against anyone violating the government rules. I am confident that no child will give opportunity for such things.”

Former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy also added, saying that “Students of all faiths should write the exam by keeping their feelings aside. Do not skip the exam for any reason,” the JD(S) leader said.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


A video showing a baby with redness and cracks has gone viral, naming it ‘alien baby’ and ‘demon child’. The video claims that the...

National News

The CBI conducted investigations at 77 locations spanning 14 states, detaining ten suspects as part of a massive crackdown on online child sex abuse....


The much-awaited Khakee: The Bihar Chapter was released on Netflix on November 25 and since then Chandan Mahto, who is the main antagonist in...


Twenty days after its release, Rishabh Shetty’s ‘Kanatara’ continues to be the first choice for moviegoers. After a thundering response to the Kannada version,...