German court upholds school ban on facial veil
BERLIN (AP) – A German court has rejected a Muslim student’s lawsuit against a vocational school’s ban on wearing face-covering veils in class.
The Bavarian Administrative Court said Friday the school’s ban didn’t infringe illegally on the right of the student to exercise her religious rights freely.
The student, whom the court didn’t identify in keeping with German privacy rules, saw her admission to the state-run school revoked last year when she refused to attend classes without a face-covering niqab.
The court found that teaching requires “open communication” that includes facial expressions and body language.
It said that, if a student wears a face-covering veil, “nonverbal communication is essentially prevented.”