The Education Ministry today laid down the new rules on hairstyles for students in public schools and warned school administrators that they cannot suspend, send home or refuse access to learning to students over their hairstyles.
In a memo to all headteachers in the public education system, Chief Education Officer, Saddam Hussein also warned that corporal punishment or other forms of punishment cannot be administered to students over hairstyles that are perceived to be a breach of the school’s rule.
The Chief Education Officer reminded headteachers that their main priority is to ensure all learners are in school and are being taught with an aim of reducing further learning loss.
The Ministry said that in a case where it is deemed that a learner has an inappropriate hairstyle, then the parent or guardian should be invited to meet with the school to discuss the issue.
The Ministry of Education is still to release an official hairstyle policy, following complaints that students were being sent home over braided and natural hairstyles.