It has been reported that a pupil at Northcliff High School in Johannesburg was issued with “concession cards" after they wanted to wear headscarves during Ramadan.
The card served as permission for the pupil to wear a headscarf at school. The school has said that while the uniform did not let learners wear scarves they could issue concession cards to allow for deviations such as this.
The move has been strongly criticized by the Gauteng Education Department.
Paul Colditz, CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools, believes Northcliff high did the correct thing by issuing a "concession card". He says these cards were issued to display compliance from the pupil(s) towards the school's rules.
The other side of this coin is (pupils0 being confronted for non-compliance with a particular school rule.— Paul Colditz, CEO Federation of Governing Bodies of SA
Colditz says the people who manage schools should be willing to accommodate different cultures and diversity. He adds that school rules have enabled the celebration of diversity.
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