On Saturday night, Kenyans on social media were engaged in a heated debate over a girl who was chased out of school due to her dreadlocks.
The girl who had just joined Form 1 in one of Nairobi’s secondary schools, only lasted a few days at the institution before being called by the deputy principal who told her to choose between “beauty” or education.
The girl’s family says the dreadlocks are part of their Rastafarian religion which they strictly adhere to.
Surprisingly, the girl comfortably went through a public primary school education with her dreadlocks.
— ktn (@KTNKenya) January 12, 2019
Kenyans had a lot to say about the matter, with majority of them rallying in support of the young girl.
Does a school's code of conduct supercede the constitution which guarantees equality & freedom from discrimination & the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief & opinion & forbids compulsion to behave in a manner contrary to one's beliefs or religion pic.twitter.com/M84u1z2k9S
— Soup for Silver (@soup4silver) January 13, 2019
Hii 'ushenzi' ya masomo na nywele ilitokea wapy? Someone must end this +that's a religion more so very peaceful,they acted the wrong way towards the kid.ii ikome!
— Jeremy Gift (@GiftJeremy) January 12, 2019
Problem with society, judging the book by it's cover.
— leki nderih (@l3ckie) January 12, 2019
But most importantly, in which universe is hair related to discipline.
— Njoroge Kahira (@ankahira) January 12, 2019
Unfare, everyone has a right to there religion….
— @kajohnty (@kajohnty2) January 12, 2019
Thats bulshit, aaache msichana asome, kwani nywele ndo inasoma.
— lupita ule Mkalee (@TMkalee) January 12, 2019
Discrimination is one jigger that our Constitutional dispensation ought to have cured. What is this for God's/ Humanity sake? Disgusting news to say the least.
— Abdul Nassir (@abdulnassir21) January 13, 2019
Seems Kenya ???????? is full of washenzi. How does my religion affect my studies? As long as I am well disciplined, am at no point of discrimination. Shenzi sana huyo mwalimu.
— CharlieMaina ???????? (@FitzDawood) January 13, 2019
Article 27 (4)
— L.A (@pete2744) January 13, 2019
Freedom of worship
— benard kadima (@benardk4) January 12, 2019
This is discrimination on the basis of religion. This current age the school should be taken to court
— Oduor Allan (@3d8ca950433044f) January 12, 2019
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