‘Malala Can Teach Here If She Removes Headscarf’, says Quebec Minister
Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said that Nobel Prize winner can teach in the Canadian province if she 'removes headscarf'.
- Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said in a tweet that Pakistani activist can teach there ”if” she removes her headscarf.
- ”Teachers can’t wear religious symbols”, he said.
- Both were photographed in France when they met to discuss access to education and international development.
Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said in a tweet that Nobel Prize laureate and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai can teach in the province ‘if she removes her headscarf’. He said that if Malala wanted to teach in Quebec, it would be an honor, but she will have to get rid of the religious symbolism.
Roberge noted that’s the case in France, where any form of religious symbols is banned. Both met in France, where they were photographed together, They were part of planning meetings to discuss education during the G7 in France this coming August.
”In open and tolerant countries, teachers can’t wear religious symbols while they exercise their functions,” he said.
The minister is a vocal advocate of Bill 21 in Quebec. The legislation puts a formal ban on public sector employees in positions of authority, including teachers, police officers and judges, from wearing religious symbols at work.
He made these comments while responding to a question of a reporter Salim Nadim Valji over Twitter who asked, “Mr. Roberge, how would you respond if Mme Yousafzai wanted to become a teacher in Quebec?”. He said they would be honored, but if she removes her headscarf as required by the rules.
Je lui dirais certainement que ce serait un immense honneur et qu’au Québec, comme c’est le cas en France (où nous sommes actuellement) et dans d’autres pays ouverts et tolérants, les enseignants ne peuvent pas porter de signes religieux dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions. #ÉduQc https://t.co/LEWztEU0ul
— Jean-F. Roberge (@jfrobergeQc) July 5, 2019
Social media condemns:
Social media community condemned the Minister’s statement, saying that it was hypocritical to subsequently advocate freedom and also restrict dressing.
what in the oxymoron
— Katelyn Thomas (@katelynvthomas) July 6, 2019
Because the mark of an open and tolerant society is demanding that people physically expose themselves in a way that their religion tells them not to. pic.twitter.com/piOXAlEZ7j
— M Pérez ?? (@maipe6917) July 6, 2019
What you said regarding Malala, is so humiliating to the whole world, and so very misleading. She definitely has millions of better places to go to educate people than coming to Quebec with open head to teach under #Bill21
— Tarin Sultana (@thunderin2013) July 6, 2019
The sheer irony of a *western and liberal* education system removing Malala’s agency and choice, given that #Malala had to leave Pakistan bec the Taliban persecuted (and tried to murder) her for standing up for women and girls’ education. #Quebec #Roberge
— Dr Zubaida Haque (@Zubhaque) July 7, 2019
She’s too busy as a UN ambassador, I doubt teaching in a Quebec school is high on her list of things to do
— Shadow Banned (@FreedomFetish) July 6, 2019
So he is like the men of the Taliban where women have lesser rights….because in reality that is what the ban is all about.
— Sheryl Boivin (@Shersart1) July 6, 2019
What a predictably islamaphobic comment. Vous résigner un gaspillage d’espace raciste!
— Chris Whitfield (@RealCWhitfield) July 6, 2019
Nothing says ‘tolerance’ more than policing what women wear.
— Cordelia (@Cordelia894) July 6, 2019
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