Hijab-wearing student in Montreal prevented from taking exam for refusing to show ears

Hijab-wearing student in Montreal prevented from taking exam for refusing to show ears

A Montreal junior college is trying to determine how to accommodate a student who was prevented from taking an exam because she wouldn’t temporarily remove part of her hijab, a school spokeswoman said Monday.

The young woman was asked by her male biology teacher two weeks ago to pull back part of her Islamic headscarf so he could see wether she was wearing headphones, said Line Legare with College de Maisonneuve.

“She didn’t want to show him her ears,” Legare said, adding the student offered her teacher the possibility of touching her through the hijab to make sure she wasn’t trying to cheat.

“That made the teacher uncomfortable.”

He then told the student she couldn’t take the exam that day.

Legare noted the teacher made it clear at the beginning of the school year he reserved the right to ensure students weren’t wearing headphones before exams.

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