Education Ministry Releases Grooming Policy

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The Education Ministry has released a National Grooming Policy Guideline for public schools.

Education Minister Ruel Reid announced the guidelines during his address at the Jamaica Teachers Association, JTA annual conference in St James on Wednesday.

Minister Reid in outlining the guideline for girls, says no bleached or dyed hair should be allowed in public schools.

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He also disclosed the guidelines for boys noting that they should also not wear any hairstyle affiliated with gangs.

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Minister Reid says the grooming policy document is not to be considered as a directive from the Ministry.

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The Minister says the guidelines based on consultations are subject to modiication based on grounds of Religion or other permitted reasons.

The new guidelines follow a recent incident in July, when a student at Kensington Primary in St. Catherine was initially refused admission because of her locks.

Human-rights advocacy group Jamaicans for Justice filed legal action in the Constitutional Court on behalf of the child’s parents.

The Supreme Court granted an injunction forcing the school to allow the girl to attend with her dreadlocks.

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