‘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 and Malala Yousafzai in July 2019. TWITTER


  • 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.

Social media condemns:

Social media community condemned the Minister’s statement, saying that it was hypocritical to subsequently advocate freedom and also restrict dressing.

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