Saudi Arabia to expel students mocking Islam

One-year education ban follows reports of students discussing ideas in violation of Islam

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The Saudi Ministry of Education has announced it will expel students who mock Islam or spread illicit ideas in a crackdown following reports of several dissident students, according to local media.

Students will be barred from any Saudi education institution for a year, the ministry said.

School principals also were told to report any suspect cases, which would be investigated.

Several students had reportedly mocked the rituals of Islam and been found discussing subjects and ideas that violate Islamic law.

Guilty students also would be given community service and forced to attend “behavioural adjustment and life skills” counselling sessions.

Once the student resumes their education, the school must file monthly reports about their behaviour.

Ministry spokesman Muhammad Al-Dakhini said the new rules would build a generation committed to Islam and Saudi Arabia, Arab News said.

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