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Principal cuts students’ hair to maintain school rules

Update : 26 Aug 2013, 06:29 PM

The principal of Barisal Model School and College, in an attempt to maintain dress code and discipline, allegedly cut off the hair of several male students. The incident took place at an examination hall at the institute on Monday.

This correspondent talked to students, parents and authorities concerned, all of whom said the disciplinary action would not be protested, but added that a warning should have been given before such action.

Students and parents, seeking anonymity, said the principal entered the examination hall with scissors while higher secondary level students were sitting for the Bangla second paper pre-test exam.

The principal allegedly went on to haphazardly cut off portions of many students’ hair in an attempt to force them to follow the dress code of the institution.

“We felt humiliated and were forced to cover our hair with handkerchiefs, before rushing to the hairdresser," the victimised students said.

Major Md Masud Rana, the principal of the institution, acknowledged the fact and said he had previously taken similar actions to maintain dress code and discipline after issuing several warnings.

“Many of the male students fashion their hair like punks or film stars and many female student maintain long nails, which damages the image and environment of the educational institution, as well as breaking the discipline. So, after giving several warnings to the students and guardians, we have to take such steps,” the principal said.

Md Nurul Amin, the divisional commissioner and the chairman of the managing committee of the institution, said none of the students or guardians complained against the principal's actions.

“The head of the institution could take steps to maintain the image and discipline of the institution, but it should not violate the rule against corporal punishment and should be executed after giving proper warning to the guardians,” he said.

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