School rules are necessary

2016-09-08 06:00

IT is apparent that certain groups of people are obsessed by “racism”.

Many English and Afrikaans schools, which have been in existence for 50 to 100 years (including my alma mater, where I also taught, and Marist Brothers), are adhering to rules compiled in the early years. During this era, schools were racially segregated. Therefore how can one now interpret the rules as “racist”?

Hair was and still is required to be neat. Long hair was and is to be tied back and off the face. Those with frizzy hair were encouraged to keep it short. In days of yore there were no hair-straightening products.

Rules are necessary to enforce discipline, then instilling self-control and responsibility. No schools permitted the wearing of religious emblems – the crucifix. Consequently, beads by a sangoma, is also prohibited.

Teachers and pupils alike respected public property. It was totally unheard of to destroy schools. Time was devoted to study. If perchance, teaching time was sacrificed for another activity, we were obliged to attend school on a Saturday morning.

Eating in public, when wearing school uniform, was not tolerated. In accordance with my culture, certain times are observed for meals – not 24 hours.

Eating in public, in the streets and the malls etc. is viewed as common and/or low-class behaviour, lacking refinement. As a lack of self-control we are frequently confronted by the repugnant sight of grossly obese adults and children. As Homo sapiens, we exercise control that we do not ingest food, egest waste and fornicate in public.

I introduced cadet training, appointing the “biggest nuisance” as sergeant major. The pupils proudly performed for special occasions.

In addition, the discipline level increased, so much so that we completed our syllabus in record time, enabling numerous academic, fun activities.

Imposing discipline at grass roots ensures the development of a conscience.

Crime and corruption are then eradicated, so people can live in peace, safety and harmony.

Dr L.J. Peltz

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