SAHRC investigation into neatness test at Bloemfontein school continues

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Learners lined up to do a swimming cap test to see if their hairstyles do not violate the school's code of conduct in terms of appearance. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.
The South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) investigation into a “neatness test” that highlighted the hair policy of St Michael’s School for Girls in Bloemfontein continues.

SAHRC Provincial Manager Buang Jones said the Commission received a response from the school – on its letter detailing allegations in connection with the school’s hair policy – yesterday.

The investigation into the school’s “neatness test” commenced last month after learners and parents staged a protest against the school’s hair policy outside the school.

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Their refusal to attend classes and outcries from some parents prompted intervention by the Free State Education department.

The school conducted a “neatness test” amid a national debate in the media and social media on “policing” of “black learners’” hair that was sparked by learners at Pretoria Girls High School. St Michael’s, which has since revised its policy, initially deemed learners whose hair do not fit under a swimming cap in violation of the school’s code of conduct – Cathy Dlodlo