Students attend their official exams at a school in Sidon, Friday, June 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Education Minister Elias Bou Saab called on Lebanese educational institutions Thursday to respect freedom of expression and religious practice, a month after SABIS School announced new regulations banning crosses while allowing hijab.The statement came one month after the International School of Shoueifat, known as SABIS School, added a new regulation to its bylaws banning religious symbols.The hijab was permitted as an aspect of religious obligation for many female students, while deliberate religious symbols like the Christian cross were banned.According to the report, Bou Saab said both the hijab and the cross were "signs of religious faith".
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