Egypt's Ministry of Education has banned the wearing of full-face veils in public and public schools. The decision has sparked debate on social networks in the country. The decree allows the headscarf to be optional, depending on the wishes of the pupil. The majority of Egyptian women wear the headscarf, but the niqab remains in the minority. Supporters of the ban believe it is a step towards destroying extremism, while critics argue that it does not address the larger issues in education, such as overcrowded classrooms and dilapidated equipment.