Cape Town learners call principal to lift 'ban' on braids and hair extensions

A protest erupted at a school in Bloekombos in Cape Town, where learners at Masibambane are aggrieved because of the school's policy on hair and clothing.

EWN reporter Monique Mortlock spoke with the learners, teachers, and headmaster at the school. She says the learners are requesting hair extensions and braids be permitted to be worn at the school.

Mortlock says this has led to the school principal holding a referendum where learners had to vote for or against the suggestion put forward by the protesting group of learners.

The principal explained that he approves students wearing their natural hair but is opposed to braids and extensions because he wants his learners to embrace their own.

Monique Mortlock, EWN Reporter

Mortlock goes on to say the principal said he hopes to change what the learners perceive as beautiful and in his own words, wants to decolonise their minds.

This contrasts the 2016 Pretoria High School for Girls hair policy protest where scholars were prohibited from wearing their natural hair.

What I heard from sources at the school is that learners are being bullied and called horrible names because of their natural hair.

Monique Mortlock, EWN Reporter

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