Rasta Pupil Returns to School

LazyLion

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A Western Cape Rastafarian pupil who was ordered to stay away from school until he cut his dreadlocks has been allowed to return, Equal Education (EE) said on Thursday.

The non-governmental organisation met the principal of Siphamandla High School in Khayelitsha, the school's governing body (SGB), and staff on Wednesday to discuss the pupil's grievances, said EE chairwoman Yoliswa Dwane.

"It was agreed that the learner would be allowed back into school and that a catch-up plan would be provided," said Dwane.

He would not have to cut his hair.

The Cape Times reported last week that the Grade 10 pupil Sikhokele Diniso was told to leave the school last month.

The education department said at the time Diniso could return to school as he had not been suspended.

Department spokeswoman Bronagh Casey said that according to the school principal, the pupil was asked to bring his parents to discuss the matter.

"The boy returned with his brother. The principal insisted on discussing the matter with the parents.

"The parents eventually met the principal and agreed that the son should clean, comb, and tie his hair. The boy did not want to do this," said Casey.

The EE said on Thursday it had dealt with similar cases in the past and had found that the education department failed to properly address the situation.

"While learners are eventually allowed back into school, to date there has been no official apology by the principals or by the Western Cape education department to affected learners for the violations to their dignity," said Dwane.

She said the department had failed to respond to requests to release a circular to all schools providing clarity on the legal position that schools reasonably accommodate pupils' religious beliefs.

"This is unacceptable because affected learners are forced to lose out on crucial learning and teaching time and are also subjected to verbal abuse and prejudice because of their religion," she said.

However, the education department said it had addressed the matter.

"Schools may ask parents to submit a letter from a religious teacher or organisation to substantiate a request to deviate from the dress code," said Casey.

"The department has [also] provided training to school governing bodies on their roles and responsibilities following the SGB elections last year.

"These roles and responsibilities include drafting codes of conduct and dress codes, and disciplinary procedures, in line with constitutional values and the law," said Casey.


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Date : 11 Apr 2013 13:23
 

noxibox

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It sexist to require boys to have short hair in the first place.
 

LazyLion

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I'm more worried about lice and cleanliness.
If you have a kid in school right now you would know that there is already pretty much a lice epidemic in the public schools.
 

satanboy

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I'm more worried about lice and cleanliness.
If you have a kid in school right now you would know that there is already pretty much a lice epidemic in the public schools.
so the pupils pubic areas should be examined?

Why do you jump to the conclusion that dreadlocks equal lice etc?
 

m4dh4tt3r

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abzo, bit of a fail comment there, why do rasta's go to school?

Maybe to try learn something? why else would they go to school?

Think more of a question should be why would you think they wouldn't go to school?
 

abzo

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abzo, bit of a fail comment there, why do rasta's go to school?

Maybe to try learn something? why else would they go to school?

Think more of a question should be why would you think they wouldn't go to school?
Show me one rasta that has done something with an education. You might want them in your schools with your kids, selling them drugs but I sure as hell don't want them with mine!!
 

daveza

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Show me one rasta that has done something with an education. You might want them in your schools with your kids, selling them drugs but I sure as hell don't want them with mine!!
wow. :erm:
 

abzo

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wow. :erm:
Why so surprised? How is it different to the usual nonsense you read around here? Because it's coming from me and not one of the resident bigots like marine1 or intel8080? :D WTF
 

LazyLion

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Why do you jump to the conclusion that dreadlocks equal lice etc?
Sorry?? Where exactly did I do that? I'm saying ANY unkempt, unwashed hair may possibly result in lice.

Wrong end of the stick much?
 
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