Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
25 Mar 2021
6:00 am

Hair affair: when teachers take parenting reins

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

Six weeks into the reopening of schools, with some pupils not placed in schools yet, our attention has diverted from 'no child should be left behind' to hair.

An unnamed teacher is in hot water for combing a learner's hair.

We see a teacher combing out a pupil’s hair: we do not know the context other than what we see recorded and circulated on social media, but it has us split right down the middle. We deduce that the teacher had no right to do this – the teacher has a teaching degree not a hairdressing qualification. The other side is the belief that the teacher acted correctly as the child’s hair was untidy and needed to be presentable before he stepped onto the school property. And then we always have Switzerland, those of the belief that the teacher’s actions...