The Jerusalem post reported on Tuesday that a group of students have been charged with violating a clause of the Jordanian constitution that prohibits students from publicly speaking about themselves or other students, citing the country’s ban on the teaching of Quran in schools.
The students, who have not been named, have been arrested and face a possible fine of around R5,000 ($3,700).
The students have also been told they will not be permitted to wear the hijab, or full-face veil, in public.
They are due to appear before a judge on Tuesday, where they could face a maximum of 15 days in jail.
The students were charged with “violating the law against publicizing religion”, according to the HEA, which is the equivalent of the ministry of education. “
It is necessary that they avoid such dangers and make their statement in a respectful way, and not be accused of committing crimes.”
The students were charged with “violating the law against publicizing religion”, according to the HEA, which is the equivalent of the ministry of education.
The Jordanian constitution prohibits the teaching in schools of religion other than Islam.
In June, the HEC issued a ruling that forbade all public display of the Quran in public schools, and all religious instruction in schools, as well as other activities in public, including for non-Muslims.
On Tuesday, the HeC ordered that all religious materials, including videos, photos and books be placed in a separate section of the classroom.
According to the decree issued in June, “only [the students’] words and not their acts are to be presented in public.”
The HEA added that students are not allowed to teach religion in schools without the permission of the teacher or the principal, unless they are accompanied by the teacher’s assistant or the school principal.
While the HEAs decree states that the prohibition is not applicable in schools with a religious curriculum, it was unclear how it could be applied in the case of private schools, which would be exempt.
Last month, the country saw a series of attacks on religious institutions and institutions of worship, including the burning of the Dome of the Rock, the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the Ibrahimi Mosque.