The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers.
Norway's ruling coalition of conservative and anti-immigration rightwing parties had promised the ban last year, targeting the full-face veil called the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks. It is a fundamental value to be able to communicate with each other," Per Sandberg, interim minister of immigration and integration, said.
"We do not want clothes covering the face in nurseries, schools and universities," Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement. Norwegian media reported the government can count on the support of most parties, saying the bill was expected to pass in the spring of 2018.
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