WINDHOEK: An unspecified number of learners, comprising of boys and girls from the Hochland High School in the capital were sent back home by their Principal for wearing short school skirts and beards to school, here on Tuesday.
When Nampa visited the school in the morning, learners were seen standing around outside the school, some sat under trees at nearby houses, while other learners could be seen walking back home.
The learners who are from grade eight to ten, told Nampa that it was never a problem for them to wear short skirts all these years.
“All these years, we have been wearing these short skirts to school but it was never a problem,” one of them angrily shouted.
The learners who expressed disappointment in their principal, said they were only told last week Thursday, 14 February 2013, to get longer school skirts which they (learners) feel is at short notice because some of them can only get longer skirt when their parents get paid at the end of the month.
According to them, (learners), they will miss out on their tests that they were suppose to write this week and will not go back to school until next month, when their parents buy them longer skirts at the end of February.
The learners were also disappointed and angry at the words used against them by their principal when they were sent home.
“When she chased us away she said, go and grow your skirt and go and make your buttocks smaller,” one learner narrated saying that they were measured from behind.
Learners also made remarks that it is because the Late Minister of Education Abraham Iyambo is no more, that the Principal is sending them back home, because wearing short skirts to school was never a problem.
Approached for comment, the Principal of that school Saara Nehoya who welcomed this reporter in an unfriendly manner, could not give an explanation as to why the school only decided to sent back the learners to their homes, after they have been wearing the same short skirts all these years.
She (Nehoya) rather just ordered the Secretary of the School to provide this reporter with the school rules issued to learners at the beginning of every school year.
The Principal who walked away while this reporter was talking to her, said: “ We do this every year and it is not the first time we sent them home, we do this every year,” a statement which the learners denied at all.
Nehoya refused to talk further to this reporter who wanted to get clarity from the side of the school on the matter.
While, it is stipulated in the school rules that visitors to the school must be treated with respect at all times, the Principal did not practice this at all to the reporter who wanted to seek clarity on the matter.
According to the school rules, the seam of a uniform must be four centimeters above the knee, a rule which the learners felt was not not followed, as they were measured from behind.
“Obviously our buttocks will lift the skirts up behind because some of us have big buttocks,” one learners said.
Meanwhile, some boys went home to remove their facial beards and others just like the girls stood outside the school premises, while some girls took scissors to cut open the hem of their skirts in an attempt to go back to school.
On the side of the boys, it is not stipulated in the school rules that boys are not allowed to wear beard to school but just that hair should be cut short and kept neatly.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the Ministry of Education Romeo Muyunda made it clear that those are school rules and learners should adhere to school rules at all times.
WINDHOEK; An unspecified number of girls attending Hochland High School in the capital were sent home by their principal on Tuesday for wearing short skirts to school.
The principal, Saara Nehoya also sent some boys home to shave off their beards as the school rules apparently do not allow them to have beards.
The school rules allow skirts to be up to four centimetres above the knee. The rules do not specifically state that beards are not allowed, but stipulate that boys are expected to keep their hair short and neat.
When Nampa visited the school on Tuesday morning, a number of learners could be seen standing around outside the school premises, while some could be seen sitting under trees at nearby houses or walking home.
Some girls were seen attempting to take down the seams of their skirts, which form part of the school uniform.
The learners, all in Grades Eight to 10, told Nampa they never had problems in this regard before, and were only informed last Thursday to start wearing longer skirts to school.
Some complained that they were not given adequate time to acquire longer skirts as some can only do so once their parents get paid at the end of the month.
The learners said this means some of them will only be allowed back at the school next month, resulting in them losing out on tests they were set to write this week.
“When she chased us away she said ‘go and grow your skirt and go and make your buttocks smaller’,” one learner alleged, referring to Nehoya.
She added that instead of the measurements being done at the front of their knees, their skirts were apparently measured at the back of their knees.
Nehoya did not appear willing to comment on the matter and instead just ordered the school secretary to provide this reporter with the school rules issued to learners at the beginning of every school year.
“We do this every year and it is not the first time we sent them home, we do this every year,” she said while walking away.
The learners have however denied this, insisting that this is the first time learners were sent home for not adhering to the rules.
When approached for comment, the Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education, Romeo Muyunda would only say that learners should adhere to school rules at all times.