Top school to re­view dress code

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Gauteng News - LIL­LIAN SELAPISA lil­lians@afro­tone.co.za

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.

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