A school in Germany has asked its teachers to report Muslim students who are found “praying”, because the authorities regard the practice as “provocative”.
The move has sparked outrage on social media, with people condemning Germany as being intolerant to different religions.
The incident occurred in in Gymnasium Johannes Rau in the city of Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia state and was reported by Der Westen newspaper on Thursday.
The newspaper published a letter that was written by school authorities to the teachers.
“In the last few weeks, it has increasingly been observed that Muslim students are praying, quite visibly to others, indicated by ritual washing in the bathrooms, the rolling out of prayer rugs, and by the students putting their bodies in certain positions. That is not permitted,” the letter stated.
The teachers were asked to “identify the names” and “report” them to the school authorities.
The letter also said that such “praying students” should get a reminder that it’s not allowed and that breaches will be reported.
“The ban on praying in a provocative manner in public school spaces is supposed to encourage peaceful coexistence and assure school peace,” a government authority said.