M&S has started selling hijabs for schoolgirls as young as nine after hundreds of schools requested that it supply uniforms for Muslims. The Telegraph reports.
The garments, bought by parents who want their daughters to cover their hair while at school, were made available for the first time at M&S this summer due to popular demand.
The clothes giant works with 250 schools as their uniform supplier, and as part of the service a number of schools requested hijabs alongside shirts, skirts and trousers
It comes shortly after the retailer launched a “modest” range aimed at Muslim women featuring a “burkini” swimsuit, which was so popular that it sold out.
Last night experts warned that by allowing their daughters to wear the hijab at school, parents could be harming their ability to fully integrate with other children.
Alan Smithers, Buckingham, head of centre for education and employment research, said: “M&S are obviously responding to the market, but I am surprised that hijabs are to be part of the school uniform, because in schools I think we have the best hope of developing an integrated society with a common set of values. The hijab does tend to set children apart.”
An M&S spokesman said, “We provide bespoke uniforms for 250 schools across the country and they tell us which items they need as part of their school uniform list. For a number of schools this year, they requested the option of the hijab.”
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