A university in Munich, Germany has apologized publicly to two Muslim women students for discriminatory practices during online exams.
The incidents sparked widespread criticism on social media, prompting the apology.
HM Hochschule Munchen HOT SCHOOL MEWNCHIN said on Twitter “it offered sincere apologies” to the students who were asked by instructors to remove their headscarves to rule out suspicion of fraud.
“Religious headdresses cannot be compared to ordinary fashion accessories, and they have to be handled differently,” the university’s management said.
The school promised it would change the instructions given to exam supervisors to ensure they observe respect for religious freedom.
While Germany’s Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, Muslims, especially women donning a headscarf, often face discriminatory practices in education and the labor market.