2017-04-03 15:21:00

Chechen law on religious clothes in schools violates principle of secular education in Russia - Moscow Patriarchate

Moscow, April 3, Interfax - The law that has recently been adopted in Chechnya and that gives students of education establishments the right to wear clothes in accordance with religious beliefs needs adjustment, the Moscow Patriarchate said.

"Giving students such right in the law of the Chechen Republic violates the principle of secular education in state schools, and therefore the amendment needs adjustment in this regard," Hegumenia Ksenia (Chernega), the head of the Moscow Patriarchate legal service, told Interfax-Religion on Monday.

According to earlier reports, the Chechen parliament on March 31 adopted amendments to the local law on education allowing students to wear clothes that reflect their religious beliefs.

The hegumenia, for her part, said such a right for students is not envisaged by federal legislation and cannot be introduced by laws of Russian regions.

She said that, according to Article 38 of the federal law On Education in the Russian Federation, state and municipal secondary schools establish requirements regarding students' clothes in accordance with the standard requirements approved by authorized bodies of state administration in the Russian regions.

"Article 3 of the said federal law decrees secular education in state and municipal educational organizations. Therefore, the federal law does not give students the right to wear clothes "in accordance with religious beliefs," the head of the Moscow Patriarchate legal service said.