British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today said religious veils should not be allowed in the classroom.
The Liberal Democrats leader said it was ‘inappropriate’ for students to wear a full veil during lessons because teachers needed to see their faces.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said there were times, including at airports and in schools, where a full religious veil was not appropriate
And Downing Street went further, saying David Cameron believed bans could be imposed in 'other institutions'.
It came after Tory MP Sarah Wollaston called for a ban in all schools because 'they make women invisible.'
The issue has erupted after a college’s U-turn last week on banning students wearing veils.
A judge is due to decide today on whether a Muslim woman can stand trial while wearing one.
Home Office minister Jeremy Browne suggested the Government should consider banning Muslim girls and young women from wearing the veil in public places.
His intervention was sparked by a row over the decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to drop a ban on the wearing of full-face veils amid public protests.
A student at Birmingham Metropolitan College wears a full veil after the college reversed its position which previously banned students from wearing niqabs so they could be 'easily identifiable at all times'