BERLIN – A high school in a western German city has barred Muslim students from praying publicly, saying that these religious acts are “provocative” to other pupils.

The school in Wuppertal sent a note to staff members in February asking them to report against Muslim pupils who are found praying on the school premises to the administration.

Several teachers and pupils had said that they felt pressured by the behaviour of Muslim stundents, a spokeswoman for the regional administration of Wuppertal told the DPA news agency on Thursday.

“In the last few weeks, it has increasingly been observed that Muslim students are praying quite visibly to others, indicated by ritual washing in the bathrooms, the rolling out of prayer rugs, and by the students putting their bodies in certain positions. That is not permitted,” the letter had reportedly said.