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Gayaza school orders students to trim hair before UCE exams

Students of Gayaza Road secondary school

Students of Gayaza Road secondary school

There was panic at Gayaza Road secondary school this morning when school administrators ordered some candidates to shave their hair before they could be allowed to sit the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exams.

The candidates converged at the school assembly at around 7:45 am for the teachers to update them on the dos and don’ts in the examination room. The director of studies, Jude Wasswa expressed disappointment that some of the candidates looked shabby with unkempt hair.

“We told you to be neat on examination day,” he shouted before ordering those with long hair to leave the school and go to the nearby salons to cut it off. Those with long hair left the school compound in panic as they rushed to the nearby salons to shave their hair.

Several candidates pleaded with the teachers to allow them to sit the examinations first and then shave off the hair later in the evening. One of the learners who refused to leave the school earned herself a hot slap as she tried to exchange words with one of the teachers. 

Those who remained at the school underwent another personal hygiene check-up with teachers ordering them to cut their fingernails short.  

10 candidates from the same school who had not cleared school fees were also told to write commitment letters indicating that they bring the balance of the fees on the second day of the examinations without fail. 

Senior 4 candidates today officially began writing their exams after they were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 


+4 #1 Eric L 2021-03-01 15:49
So this DoS is just realizing today that these girls should have short hair.

If any child fails to sit,the parent should take on the school administrators at a personal level. This kamanyiro of teachers abusing systems must stop.
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+2 #2 Mr Ssemanda 2021-03-01 18:49
What does the hair has to do with exams?

You are creating stress and anxiety in those poor kids and then you blame them for poor performance.
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+2 #3 Deo kasozi 2021-03-01 21:27
It was not good honestly on the examination day for the teacher to ask students to trim the hair.

This should have been done early enough. The teachers conduct should be reviewed
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+1 #4 Sheila 2021-03-02 20:14
The teacher who slapped the student should be disqualified from teaching.

He should not off load his stress onto leaders of the future. He has to respect his students.
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