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[LISTEN] Are school rules on uniforms rigid and archaic?

Sweet Valley Primary School's headmaster explains his school’s winter uniform policy after a parent's complaint.

JOHANNESBURG - How can parents encourage change to certain school policies and what process should they follow in order to make changes?

With the winter chill sweeping through the country, a concerned mother finds herself completely perplexed by school rules which forbid learners from wearing garments that protect them from the elements.

The policy at the Sweet Valley Primary School is that learners may not wear beanies and scarves. Headmaster Ian Ryan argues that the hooded jacket, which has been approved as part of the school's uniform through a consultative process with parents and the school governing body (SGB), is enough.

The Western Cape Education Department's Jessica Shelver, says parents must be aware that when they enrol their child into a school, they agree to abide the by school's code of conduct and that the SGB does determine the uniform policy, which can be changed if the parents agree.

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