The Netherlands is aiming to widen the scope of its so-called “burka ban” in schools, so that it will apply to any body entering the premises and not just pupils.
Staff, and even parents, will also be forbidden from keeping their faces covered, even in the country’s many private and religious schools.
However, the ban would not apply to normal headscarves where a woman’s face is clearly visible.
The Dutch Education Minister, Ronald Plasterk, has
cited security concerns and says “burka-style” scarves make communication very difficult.
The proposed law will be put before parliament next year.
Across Europe, Muslim groups have slammed such laws as an infringement of civil liberties.