Published On:30 July 2010
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Muslim parents keep kids from swim class

Muslim parents keep kids from swim class

Officials in the Swiss city of Basel have fined five Muslim families for refusing to allow their daughters to attend compulsory swimming classes in school, Swiss news agency ATS reports.

The parents had refused on "religious grounds" to allow their daughters, all of whom were under 10, to take part in the mixed-gender classes, Christoph Eymann, the head of city's education department, said on Thursday (July 29, 2010).
In another case, the girl had taken holidays instead of swimming classes even though it was outside the regular school vacation period.

Eymann said Basel offers separate classes for children who have reached the age puberty, but for younger children, mixed classes were justified, according to consultations with religious organisations.

Each parent has been fined 350 francs ($A380) per child.

If the offence is repeated, a new fine could be imposed.

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