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Westerford High introduces gender-bending uniform policy

Westerford High School has taken the progressive step of introducing gender-neutral uniform policies when it comes to hair and jewellery from 2017.

Principal Rob le Roux explains that hair and earring rules will be the same for boys and girls at the Cape school.

We've decided in principal to have the same regulations for boys and girls with hair and jewelry.

Rob le Roux, Westerford High School Principal

We want to do away with those nit picky rules.

Rob le Roux, Westerford High School Principal

Le Roux says the rules and regulations still need to be finalised, but neatness and cleanliness will be the underlying principals of the updated uniform policies.

Boys will be able to grow their hair, wear earrings and have the same rules that are applied to girls.

Le Roux says the consultation process began last year when the school was reviewing its uniform in an online survey.

Parents responded positively and the school governing body began extensive discussions about the proposals.

Boys will be allowed to wear ponytails, as long as their hair is tied back, clipped and neat.

They will also be allowed to wear single studs or sleeper earrings in the bottom hole of the earlobe.

The principal maintains that the onus is on parents and pupils to make sure that they remain presentable at all times, as there will be repercussions for pupils who are untidy.

The same will apply for boys. It doesn't mean that anything goes. There will be strict rules and regulations.

Rob le Roux, Westerford High School Principal

He says it is yet to be seen whether the policy changes will make the lives of teachers easier.

Le Roux adds that there are some grey areas in the new policy, such as the prohibiting of so-called "fashion statements".

Take a listen to Principal Rob le Roux on the new changes:

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