Regulation of hairstyles a part of self-discipline at public faculties

Standing in orderly rows early within the morning in crisp white shirts and black trousers, college students watch the pink and blue nationwide flag adorned with the gorgeous picture of Angkor Wat slowly stand up a flag pole. It’s time to salute the flag at Hun Sen Khlaing Leu Excessive Faculty.

The scene is tidy and the scholars seem disciplined. If we observe every pupil’s hair, we see that every male has nearly the identical quick, neat haircut, and every feminine has their hair tied again in an orderly method.

A 14-year-old boy Ly Chung An, whose hair is lower quick and neat, instructed The Put up that he was in grade 9 on the college, situated in Commune I’s Village 2 of Preah Sihanouk province.

The younger man stated he was happy that the varsity required him, in addition to all different male college students from grades 7 to 12, to chop their hair in the identical type.

Chung An thinks the quick cuts are usually not a punishment, however a requirement from the principal that ensures good order within the college.

“Prior to now, the varsity didn’t require male college students to have the identical coiffure, however in July, the brand new rule was launched. The haircut contributes to motivating me to like studying, however college students need to pay 8,000 riel for the lower. The varsity pays for individuals who can not afford it,” he stated.

One in all his classmates, Hak Vichet Mongkul, voiced the same opinion.

“The brand new requirement is nice, as a result of we don’t want to consider altering our coiffure. My dad and mom additionally assist the regulation,” he stated.

Si Vuthy, a grade 9 trainer, instructed The Put up that the varsity principal had mentioned the choice together with his employees earlier than introducing the rule.

He added that the quick haircut was supposed to encourage college students to respect the principles of the varsity. It additionally meant that folks would recognise the scholars of the varsity by their haircuts.

He stated most college students had been proud of the choice, though a small minority weren’t.

He, like the opposite academics, has defined to them {that a} quick haircut is acceptable, as they’re nonetheless at school.

“Prior to now, academics would advise boys with lengthy hair to get a haircut, nevertheless it was not at all times strictly enforced. Some college students nonetheless had lengthy hair, so the varsity agreed to have a hairdresser lower all of them in the identical type, however based on the form of the scholars’ faces. If a pupil has an accident, the varsity will get the data shortly because the police will recognise them immediately as a pupil of Hun Sen Khlaing Leu Excessive Faculty,” he stated.

“After the Covid-19 lockdowns ended, all college students returned to highschool, however their self-discipline had decreased,” he added.

Sok Linda, whose daughter is in grade 9, stated she didn’t have a son, however supported the coverage. She added that if the varsity had haircut preferences, they need to simply go for it.

She requested that the varsity principal require all feminine college students to tie their hair excessive and put on pink or blue ribbons, however please use the varsity funds.

“If my daughter refuses to observe the varsity’s rules, please let me know, and I’ll take her to get her hair lower. I’ve instructed her to observe the principles, as they’re set for her profit,” she stated.

Nevertheless, based on Linda, when she picks her daughter up from college, she typically sees a few of the feminine college students with their let hair down or sporting vibrant pink lipstick, which makes them seem like vampires.

“A few of them have tattoos on their palms or legs, which isn’t acceptable for a pupil. Among the male college students even put on earrings. They typically drive the unsuitable method down the road once they go away college,” she stated.

“The varsity has arrange a telegram group to speak with dad and mom. I heard a voice message from one mom telling a trainer to self-discipline her kids as she is busy working. I used to be upset once I heard this, as a result of if she will be able to’t self-discipline her personal kids, how can a trainer with a whole lot of scholars? She clearly dedicates herself to creating wealth to assist her kids, however has no time to handle them. I don’t spend my life creating wealth for my kids, however I make sufficient to ship them to highschool so they are going to purchase the data they might want to assist themselves sooner or later,” she stated.

Sieng Rim, principal of the highschool, instructed The Put up that two to 3 months earlier than he carried out the rule, he knowledgeable dad and mom and guardians. On the similar time, he consulted with academics.

“For the reason that Covid-19 outbreak, our college students studied on-line from dwelling. When college students returned to in-class research, some pupil’s morals had decreased. I made a decision that we would have liked to strengthen their self-discipline in order that they revered themselves and others. As soon as the scholars respect the varsity’s inside guidelines, they are going to apply themselves to learning tougher,” he stated.

“Introducing the brand new haircuts was somewhat troublesome at first, and we obtained criticism from some dad and mom too. I needed the scholar to have good self-discipline, so we went on with our plan. They may quickly get used to their quick hair,” he stated.

He stated the brand new system will run extra easily from August, when the varsity could have its personal hairdresser. At first, the varsity employed one from exterior, who charged 8,000 riel per lower. The complete-time college barber would cost simply 6,000 riel. The varsity would pay for poor college students.

Preah Sihanouk provincial schooling division director Ouch Sophea instructed The Put up that college students had been obliged to abide by college guidelines and rules. A chosen coiffure was additionally a great way to self-discipline ‘gangster’ college students who dyed their hair or wore it lengthy and untidy.

“College students who research exhausting and respect self-discipline don’t worry about their hair; the necessary factor is to deal with teachers. Self-discipline is required to accumulate each data and angle they might want to develop into good citi ens,” she stated.

Ros Soveacha, spokesman for the Ministry of Training, Youth and Sports activities, instructed The Put up that the standard of the administration and academics of academic establishments has an enormous impact on the standard of schooling all through Cambodia.

He stated the Legislation on Training stipulates the observance of ethics and the observance of inside guidelines. College students should adhere to the interior rules of academic establishments, gender fairness values, and respect the rights of others to enhance their bodily and psychological well being and educational outcomes.

“Lecturers play an necessary position in selling morality and respect for inside rule, and thru their instructing they supply college students with the abilities they might want to take part within the growth of the Cambodian economic system,” he stated.

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