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Eusebius McKaiser explains why the hair policy debate is not just about hair

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Eusebius McKaiser’s latest piece for The Star is a reflection on “the hidden curriculum” at former whites-only schools.

In the column McKaiser recalls making a speech Pretoria Boys’ High School valediction service in 2003. He points out the school’s proud academic and sporting history, and praises the speech made by the headmaster on the night, in which he urged the students to “think through their unearned privileges”.

However, one aspect of the event stuck in McKaiser’s craw: The Trebot Barry Award, which was “awarded to the boy whose home language is not English and yet has embraced the values and ethos of our school”.

This, McKaiser says, is why the hair policy debate that started at Pretoria Girls’ High cannot “be reduced to hair”.

“It’s about linguistic apartheid, cultural hegemony, and keeping value pluralism outside the school gates, while pretending that a school magazine picture of black and white learners huddled together suffices as evidence of inclusivity,” he says.

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  • A Bantu in My Bathroom: Debating Race, Sexuality and Other Uncomfortable South African Topics by Eusebius McKaiser
    EAN: 9781920434373
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