School rejects Form One student over ‘long’ hair
SEE ALSO :Best schools candidates selected in 2018But at about 2pm yesterday, he got a call that the girl had been turned away even after complying with all the other requirements, which included payment of Sh5, 000 for a lunch programme. Akinyi lost her father when she was eight years old and her mother left due to a family dispute. The girl insisted that if she failed to get a place in Form One, she would rather find a favourable course in the local polytechnic or stop her quest for higher education and serve God. The St Mark Obambo Secondary School principal, Kepher Okoth, through his secretary, indicated that he was not ready to speak to the media. A teacher at the school who did not want to be quoted, said the school had a policy on long hair because of the hot and dusty environment.
SEE ALSO :Form One admissions start today“I don’t think the policy is aimed at victimising students. It is just for purposes of keeping the students neat because this place is very hot and dusty and it would be too demanding for them to keep long hair. And it would be unfair for other students to allow some of them to keep long hair as others abide by the school regulations,” he explained. The policy Kisumu West Director of Education Albert Lang’at said he had yet to receive any information on the matter, but added: “I will tell them (the school management) that the policy is clear that no student should be refused admission on the basis of having long or short hair.” The school came to the limelight in 2014 after another student was suspended on grounds of having long hair. Lucy Awino, who was in Form Four, said she and other students were sent home after the management linked poor performance to long hair.
SEE ALSO :Form Ones’ new listing put to test“For my case, the school involved my pastor, parents, and Ministry of Education officials and I was allowed back while all the other girls shaved their hair,” said Ms Awino, who is now a nurse.