Farai Daurmanji herald reporter
Social media went into a meltdown yesterday in response to a video posted by the principal, The Herald, who used scissors to plow the hair of all learners who didn’t have proper haircuts when school opened on Monday. I fell.
A video of George Stark High School principal Simimba Mpavaenda sparked a lot of controversy yesterday, with many people, including government officials and prominent activists, commenting in their personal capacity. , cut the student’s hair haphazardly, saying the school would not tolerate “stylish haircuts.”
“We found that the ability of George Stark learners tended to come to school unprepared. As you just saw, some had stylish hair, others , some have shades and all sorts of hairstyles that don’t promote… Good learning in a learning environment.
“That’s why I decided not to go home because I’ll hang around until it’s time to go home,” he said.
However, social media users who commented on the video were divided on whether the principal’s actions were appropriate.
Some said it was good for ensuring discipline among learners, while others said the haircut was not important in the learning process.
Twitter user @Ham2Hamandishe saluted the principal: (For) To restore pride, dignity and order in the alumni association. ”
Another social media user @Sonny_Homu said: Parents know the rules and so do the students. Either follow the line or face the music. Well done to implement what we already know. ”
Other social media users such as @Taku03 added that learners and parents should be prepared to follow the rules set or find alternative schools.
“But my head is not wrong arico crocodile masqueur annotendera all kinds of hairstyles, it’s like a religion kumwe kunonz izvii bhoo izvii No, just pick the school your child wants to attend,” said @Taku03.
Takudzwa Muyangwa thanked Mupavaenda as follows:Kana uchida mwana wako aite zvaunoda iwewe, ngaazviitire kumba kwako ikoko nemitemo yako. Kana ava kuchikoro takuita zvemutemo uripachikoro ipapo (If you want your child to do whatever he pleases, he should do so at home. When in school, you must follow school rules).
However, @Melotlover1996 and others objected, calling the principal’s conduct abusive.
“I have failed to grasp the correlation between hairstyles, discipline, and educational outcomes. ‘This is just an archaic, colonial mindset. It’s abuse. Period,'” said @Melotlover1996.
Confort Dondo says: We should never tolerate this in 2023. We will speak affectionately to our children and teach them well.
Other users such as @joyruva said: Zimbabwean schools really need to change this and children should be able to have their own hairstyles. ”
Asked for comment yesterday, Taungana Ndoro, director of communications and advocacy at the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, said the Education Act makes it clear that all schools should have a code of conduct in line with the Bill of Rights. said.
“This Code of Conduct is to be agreed upon and discussed by parents, school authorities and students themselves.
“We need a lot of transparency and honesty when it comes to dealing with fraud,” Ndoro said.
He added that the ministry sent the Harare State Education Office to conduct an investigation at George Stark High School to ensure that all modalities in implementing the code of conduct were being followed. George Stark High School is located in Mbale (Harare).