By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 23 October 2013:
The fatwa by the Grand Mufti stating that women teachers should veil their faces when there . . .[restrict]are male students in the classroom is not compulsory, the Deputy Education Minister, Ali Erhouma, has said.
In a letter to education officials, he said that, if looked at closely, the fatwa by Sheikh Sadek Al-Ghriani allowed for different answers and it was up to officials at schools and colleges to implement them as they saw fit.
They should decide in line with their own religious convictions, he said, but avoiding extremism or intolerance, and do so in a way that ensured stability in the educational system and a relaxed and happy atmosphere, which was, he said, advocated in Islamic teaching. [/restrict]