The Austrian integration expert called for the burka to be banned within public services.
He told German newspaper Die Presse: “When asked whether teachers in public schools should be allowed to wear a headscarf, I would clearly say: No.”
The expert called for the burka to be banned within public services
When asked whether teachers in public schools should be allowed to wear a headscarf, I would clearly say: No.
Mr Fassmann’s controversial comments sparked outrage across Austria, with the country’s Islamic religious community (IGGiO) saying: “The state as an employer should stick to the anti-discrimination legislation”.
IGGiO spokesman, Carla Amina Baghajati, said she was angered that “something so anti-integrative comes from an integration expert”.
Austria has been trying to ban the burka – the Islamic face veil – since the summer of 2016 as Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz attempted to push through plans.
But the Socialist party of Austria (SPO) and other left-wing parties quashed the controversial plans.
The UK does not have a ban on Islamic dress but schools can decide their own dress code and prevent students from wearing face veils.
Fassmann said the Christian cross could be worn in the classroom
The controversial ban took effect in April 2011 and made it illegal for Muslim women to leave their homes with their faces covered. In an shock u-turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently called for a burka ban wherever legally possible for the “good of Germany”.