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

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.