5 PB PGRI’s attitude about the hijab at SMKN 2 Padang

Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 21:52 WIB

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jpnn.com, JAKARTA – The Executive Board of the Teachers Association of the Republic of Indonesia (PB PGRI) issued a statement regarding the polemic on the obligation of non-Muslim students to wear the headscarf at the State Vocational High School (SMKN) 2 Padang.

PB PGRI asked the community to respond to this problem wisely so as not to interfere with the learning process.

There are five statement statements signed by the Head of PB PGRI Unifah Rosyidi and Secretary General Ali H Arahim dated January 24, namely:

1. In the city of Padang, the obligation of Muslim female students to wear a headscarf is stated in the Instruction of the Mayor of Padang No. 451.442 / BINSOS-iii / 2005, which is when Fauzi Bahar was mayor of Padang for two periods 2004-2014. However, for non-Muslim students, it is advice, not mandatory.

Fauzi assessed that this policy was local wisdom and a form of tolerance among religious adherents.

2. The principal of SMKN 2 Padang has apologized for his mistake in understanding and implementing the above policies in his school.

“PGRI hopes that the public will accept the apology,” said Unifah.

PGRI also urges all parties to respond wisely to this issue so that it does not interfere with the learning process at the school and for the sake of maintaining harmony in the community.

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