Last week South African social media exploded with support for the girls at Pretoria Girls High. The girls were protesting the fact that black girls were not allowed to wear their hair naturally.
According to the school’s 36-page Code of Conduct, pupils can wear braids, cornrows or dreadlocks, but only if they are a maximum of 10mm in diameter.
All hair has to be brushed, neatly tied back if long enough, and kept out of the face. No patterned cornrows are allowed. Longer braids have to be tied back. No decorations or beads are allowed in the hair.
No dyeing, bleaching, highlighting, colouring, colour washing, colour rinsing, or shaving of hair in any way is allowed. Singles/braids must be the same length and be the natural colour of the girl’s hair. Longer braids must be tied back.
According to a News24 report "The girls however claimed school rules prohibited African hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks, and braids. They alleged they were not allowed to speak their mother tongue and that a teacher called them monkeys when they were singing and chanting in class."
What parents had to say
We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers what the policy at their children's school were.
Does the hair policy at your child's school allow for braids, afro, weaves and cornrows? #stopracismpretoriagirlshigh— Parent24 (@Parent24) August 29, 2016
@Parent24 my daughters school in rustenburg do not allow braids. My son's school in johannesburg does not allow him without a fresh cut— Merlecia Moketjane (@MerleciaM) August 29, 2016
@Parent24 the school I went to didn't allow that but they allowed the white girls to rock their silky long hair.Always had cornrows ??— Joy Smangele Hlongwa (@HlongwaJoy) August 29, 2016
What does your child's school policy say about hair?Send us your thoughts on this issue to email@example.com