Prin­ci­pal’s stance cor­rect

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In re­sponse to “Bad hair day for Bethels­dorp pupils” (Jan­uary 10), as a par­ent of chil­dren who once at­tended this once highly re­spected school, I can­not give enough praise to this prin­ci­pal, [Ralph Ja­cobus], for his brave stance to re­store dis­ci­pline, re­spect and en­forc­ing the con­duct, which I am sure has never changed.

For too long, schools in the north­ern ar­eas had be­come breed­ing places for law­less­ness and poor dis­ci­pline be­cause of pow­ers given to pupils to dis­re­spect teach­ers.

I am sure there are many past pupils who some­times feel ashamed or em­bar­rassed to as­so­ci­ate them­selves with the schools they come from.

For par­ents who al­low their chil­dren to flout school rules, dis­re­spect teach­ers and even de­fend them when rep­ri­manded, I would like to re­mind them that if you do not re­spect the uni­form you wear or ne­glect your own neat­ness and clean­li­ness, it can never be ex­pected of you to have self-re­spect. Lind­say Lip­pert Port El­iz­abeth

I no­ticed with in­ter­est the send­ing home of more than 100 pupils from Bethels­dorp Com­pre­hen­sive School be­cause of the un­ac­cept­abil­ity of their hair­styles.

The pupils and their par­ents had been clearly in­formed of the school's dress code, but some of them never- the­less flouted these rules.

I checked the TV news casts on Thurs­day evening, ex­pect­ing to see a re­port con­cern­ing this mat­ter, as has been the case in the past when school prin­ci­pals have com­plained about girls’ hair­styles, but there was noth­ing. How­ever, had even a sin­gle girl been sent home from Col­le­giate for a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, there would have been a furore.

Why is it that the Bethels­dorp school finds its ac­tion ac­cept­able, but had the same sit­u­a­tion hap­pened at a for­mer model C school, the ac­tion would no doubt have been re­garded as racist?

Trevor Brad­field Walmer Heights, Port El­iz­abeth

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