Pap Ndiaye claims not to be "naive".
Feedback from the field "confirms an increase in reports" of attacks on secularism at school since the start of the school year, "in particular reports of wearing clothes", such as "abayas, which seem to be multiplying", indicated this Friday the Minister of Education, a few days after the revelation of a note from an interministerial committee warning against Islamist proselytes in schools.
"The feedback confirms an increase in reports", "in particular reports of wearing clothes, the famous abayas (traditional outfit worn over other clothes: editor's note), which seem to be multiplying", declared Pap Ndiaye , after a trip to a college in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
“We are very attentive to what is happening, we are monitoring”.
“Very precise” data will be published by the ministry “at the beginning of October”, added the minister.
“We will have data on National Education reports, for the whole of September, and I have undertaken to publish this data monthly”, he added.
“Our response will be firm”
A note from state services sounded the alarm at the end of August about posts on social networks calling for breaking the law which prohibits religious symbols in schools.
“I am not naive about the fact that there can be slogans and proselytizing agitators who do not have good intentions for the school and for young people,” said Pap Ndiaye.
“Our response is and will be firm on this subject: the reminder of the 2004 law which prohibits the wearing of conspicuous religious symbols in the school setting, that is the basis.
It is the law of 2004 and it is not a question of compromising on this law, we are completely strict on this subject, ”he hammered.
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In addition, “the interpretation of a sign as being religious or of a religious garment cannot be made from a circular that we would produce.
It is not the length of the dress or the color alone that determines its religious nature.
It's a set of signs that can point in that direction,” he continued.
The Minister of Education recalled the existence of “Values of the Republic teams in each rectorate, reinforced in certain cases to respond to requests from teaching teams, heads of establishments, when there is a difficulty”.