A school in Padang, Indonesia, has sparked controversy by requiring non-Muslim girls to wear headscarves. (Photo: Aman Rochman/AFP)
A video of an argument between a Christian parent and a teacher at a state-run vocational high school that recently went viral on social media has raised concerns over religious freedom in Indonesia’s mainstream educational institutions.
In the video, Elianu Hia, a Protestant, took issue with a school rule that required his first-grade daughter to wear a headscarf.
The school in Padang in West Sumatra province says it requires all female students to wear a headscarf.
His daughter only started going to the school on Jan. 11 when it was allowed to reopen after being shut in March last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.