‘Holiday’ hairstyles cropped as pupils return

TIME WASTED: Morningside pupils sent home because of hairstyles included, from left, Zinthe Methe, 17, Sibongile Joni, 16, Asandiswa Mvandala, 16, Pumelela Maswana, 16, and Anathi Yose, 17. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
TIME WASTED: Morningside pupils sent home because of hairstyles included, from left, Zinthe Methe, 17, Sibongile Joni, 16, Asandiswa Mvandala, 16, Pumelela Maswana, 16, and Anathi Yose, 17. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

ALL the pupils barred from Morningside High School in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday because of their “fancy” holiday hairstyles returned yesterday.

The school’s governing body chairman, Timothy Hendricks, said: “Everything is back to normal and we did not face any challenges. All the pupils are back at school.”

On Tuesday, 60 pupils were warned to only return to school if they shaved off their hairstyles, which ranged from plaits to weaves and Afros.

Pupils insisted they should be allowed to put in extensions because they also wanted to have long hair like their white and coloured friends.

A staff member at the school, who declined to be named, confirmed pupils had returned to school after changing their hairstyles.

Meanwhile, the holiday hairstyles caused a debate on The Herald’s Facebook page yesterday.

Karin Anker posted: “If [your] hair is neat and presentable then I don’t see the issue. It was a stupid issue when I was in school and it continues to be one. None of these girls have done anything wrong.” William van der Berg said: “Rules are rules and they were the same 10 years ago. I was sent home because my hair was too long.”

Elmarie Jonker said as a teacher she did not have any problem with neat braids or weaves.

“[But] if there is a rule against it, it should be enforced and applied to all pupils,” she said. – Yoliswa Sobuwa

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