Saudi Arabia bans Abaya in exam halls

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Muslim women wearing Abaya. [Photo: Wikimedia]

A Saudi government establishment has banned the Abaya in exam halls, the Saudi Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) announced.

The Saudi Education and Training Evaluation Commission – responsible for accrediting educational and training systems, along with the Ministry of Education – announced that female students will not be allowed to wear the Abaya during exams.

The ETEC said that female students should now wear school uniforms inside exam halls, adding that all clothing should adhere to public decency regulations.

Pertinently, in 2018, Saudi Arabia also announced that the Abaya would no longer be legally enforced.

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