Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia is denying reports that while he was principal of Fatima College, he carried out acts of discrimination against Hindu students.
The Minister issued a statement, in which he said the claims being made against him include allegations that he even cut religious bands off the hands of students.
Lawyers representing the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) insist that at no point did staff at the Lakshmi Girls Hindu College ask Nafisah Nakhid to remove her hijab when she turned up there as part of an On-The-Job training programme.
The attorneys have written to Attorney General Faris Al Rawi, questioning the basis for and Interpretation Summons in the courts and saying the SDMS will not participate in the proceedings.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says he has received a report from the principal of the Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College which gave details of the incident where OJT Nafisah Nakhid was turned away from the school because she was wearing a hijab.
He said the report quotes the principal as saying that the conversation with Nakhid ended “very amicably” and the person left.
The Government will go to the court to seek an interpretation of the law with regards to the decision by the Lakshmi Girls' Hindu School to ask a Muslim on-the-job trainee teacher to remove her hijab when she turned up for employment there.
Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert and Minister of Education Anthony Garcia both confirmed that Attorney General Faris Al Rawi will take the matter to court.
Minister Garcia said his ministry has already received a report from the principal of the school.
Five undergraduate students of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine are in China for Telecom Seeds for the Future 2018, a two-week work-study programme sponsored by the Chinese information and communication technology (ICT) giant Huawei.
The programme helps in bridging the gap between classroom learning and real-world work experience in the ICT and telecommunications field.