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Gauteng MEC Lesufi wants private schools to review hair policies

Following a similar incident at the Pretoria Girls High last year, Lesufi says his department has made progress in correcting the hair policies in public schools.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is planning to instruct the private education unit to review its policies on hairstyles at private schools.

Lesufi says this will prevent the schools from enforcing regulations that violate human rights.

A group of girls with afros and braids were kicked out of Windsor House College in Kempton Park earlier this week allegedly because their hair was unruly.

Following a similar incident at Pretoria Girls High last year, Lesufi says his department has made progress in correcting the hair policies in public schools.

He says the same effort needs to be placed on private schools.

“I’ll ask the unit that’s dealing with private education just to review all the regulations related to this matter, within the private education system as well so that we can have a communication and resolve it.

“But I’m quite comfortable that this is something everyone believes it’s wrong.”

Lesufi says he will provide counselling for the pupils who were kicked out of Windsor House College.

“You can hear from the voices of those young girls that they are going through pain, so I’ll ask the team just to have a support system for them.”

The MEC has given the school just three months to review its policies.

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