Top school to review dress code
THE dress code section of the code of conduct at Jeppe High School for Girls has to be reviewed to accommodate all pupil population including Muslim girls, the Gauteng department of education said.
This comes after the top Johannesburg school sent a letter from the school governing body to the parents of a Muslim pupil saying their daughter had flouted the rules of the dress code for Muslim pupils.
“The governing body considers any violation of the school’s code of conduct in a serious light and this letter serves as a reminder that the prescribed school dress code is to be adhered to at all times,” the letter read.
Global communications director of Crime Stoppers Yusuf Abramjee said Muslim pupils have been banned from wearing scarves with the school uniform.
Provincial department of education spokesperson Steve Mabona said they immediately intervened in the matter after being alerted and it was agreed that the aggrieved parents would be invited to a meeting next Wednesday.
“The purpose of the meeting will be to mediate between the school and all affected parents. We have realised that there are shortcomings in the dress code policy. This must be reviewed to accommodate Muslim girls regarding the uniform,” Mabona said.
“We will support the school in ensuring that the code of conduct (dress code section) is amended to be inclusive of all learner populations. We remain committed to creating school environments that are free from any form of discrimination.”
Last year Northcliff High School was investigated for reportedly forcing a pupil to carry a “concession card” to wear a headscarf.
INCLUSIVE: The Jeppe High School for Girls will review its uniform policy.