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Ministry hair code in limbo for too long

Published:Wednesday | July 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM


The Ministry of Education's silence on the grooming of students' hair is deafening to the ear. In June 2017, The Gleaner reported that for the 2017-2018 period, there would be a policy in place to guide school administration on the proper grooming of students.

It is now July 2018 and this policy has not been formulated and implemented.

There will always be a public debate as to what is considered proper grooming. The argument that is put forward by many is that students should be allowed to celebrate their identity with their mode of dress. This can be a dangerous position as it will open the gate for every expression to enter our schools. School is predominantly a place for education, not a fashion show.

If we hold the view about allowing any hairstyle in school, the same position must also be held for the dress code. The challenge many have with grooming is that we allow other cultures to dictate to us what is correct.