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(TEN PLAY) — According to authorities the clothing hinders communication between pupils and teachers, and a ban of this kind would be the first in Scandinavia.

The ban would outlaw the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks, while still allowing headscarves, hats and caps to continue being worn.

Most of the countries parties have thrown support behind the bill, which they expect to pass into legislation next year.

“These clothes prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a good education,” Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement.

There has been some backlash, with critics questioning whether or not this is really necessary considering how little people wear the full-face in Norway.

Local authorities already have the power to ban the full-face headpieces in schools, but there is no national policy.

Linda Noor from the Minotenk think tank, a group which focuses on minority issues, told broadcaster NRK she didn’t believe this move was the right one.

“There are very, very few who use the niqab, so this is marginal problem in the integration content. Therefore, I believe the proposal is not necessary,” Mr Noor said.

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