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February 4, 2021, 06.46 AM
Minister of Education Nadiem Makarim speaks on the ministerial decree lifting the compulsory use of religiously oriented attire such as the Muslim hijab in state schools DOK.capture zoom kemendikbudMinister of Education Nadiem Makarim speaks on the ministerial decree lifting the compulsory use of religiously oriented attire such as the Muslim hijab in state schools

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Joint Ministerial Decree Prohibits Compulsory Religious Attributes in Indonesian Schools

Indonesia is trying to live up to its billing of “Unity in Diversity”, as the government issued a Joint Ministerial Decree [ SKB] prohibiting the compulsory wearing of hijabs and other religiously oriented clothing as a prerequisite to go to school.

The decision comes after a state junior high school in Padang, West Sumatra stirred controversy throughout Indonesia by requiring a non-Muslim student to wear a hijab to the school.

“Provincial administrations or [state] schools [across Indonesia] should not require or forbid [students] from wearing any religious attributes,” said the decree, which was passed on Wednesday, February 4.

Signed by Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian and Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, the document covers schools at the primary and secondary level.

The Decree covers state schools, as they “were intended by the government for the Indonesian people, regardless of their creed, ethnicity, and various backgrounds,” said Nadiem.

“The Decree also allows students and teachers alike to choose uniforms and other outfits that reflect their religious beliefs or not.”

Yaqut is just as upbeat about the decree. “The document will prevent any one religion from foisting their belief on other faiths. Instead, it will help the adherents of each religion to understand and tolerate one another.”

The Decree stipulates that provincial administrations or state schools are required to comply with the policy within 30 days after it goes into effect on February 3.

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