Saudi court bans gender-mixing at primary schools

A court in Saudi Arabia has annulled a decision by the Ministry of Education to depart from a long-standing policy and allow gender-mixing at primary schools, saying the Ministry had erred in issuing such a decision.

The Administrative Court in the capital Riyadh criticized the Ministry of Education for taking such a move, saying it should have examined its actions before issuing that decision, according to Saudi newspapers.

“The Court annulled the Ministry’s decision, saying it had erred in making such a decision, which was wrong,” Alsaudeh daily said.

“It said the Ministry should now work to redress this wrong action, which has no legal basis in the religion and the system.”

Saudi Arabia, one of the most conservative Moslem nations, bans gender-mixing at schools but authorities have recently decided to lift the ban at primary schools.

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