Schools to decide student hairstyles

Schools to decide student hairstyles

Three members of the Bad Student movement hold placards calling for education reform and free hairstyles outside the office of the Narcotics Control Board on Wednesday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Three members of the Bad Student movement hold placards calling for education reform and free hairstyles outside the office of the Narcotics Control Board on Wednesday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

The Education Ministry has left schools to make up their own minds about the hairstyles required for pupils, the Education Minister said on Wednesday.

Education Minister Trinuch Thienthong said each school had been given the freedom to come up with the hairstyle rules deemed suitable for students.

The ministry did not impose a specific hairstyle for students and instead gave all schools flexibility on the issue by settling on an appropriate style with parents and students, she added.

Ms Trinuch said schools had been ordered not to use harsh punishment on students who break hairstyle rules.

The so-called Bad Student movement continued to urge the government to end hairstyle regulations. Their members posted the #freehairstyles banner outside several schools on Monday on the eve of the new term.

The ministry lifted regulations governing student hairstyles for both boys and girls in 2020 but still left room for teachers to interpret them as they wished.

According to the current ministry regulation, student hairstyles must be appropriate as deemed by school directors.

The Bad Student group has argued that some schools were ignoring the regulation and still forced students to keep very short haircuts.

Early this month, toiletries company Dove also launched a campaign against forced haircuts that became popular on social media.

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Vocabulary

  • appropriate: (opposite: inappropriate) suitable or right for a particular situation or purpose - ที่เหมาะสม
  • campaign: to try to achieve political or social change by persuading other people or the government to do something - รณรงค์
  • deemed: considered - เห็นว่า ถือว่า
  • flexibility (noun): can change easily - การปรับตัวเข้ากับสถานการณ์, ความยืดหยุ่น
  • forced: making someone do something that they don't want to do - บังคับ
  • harsh: strict, unkind and often unfair - อย่างรุนแรง
  • impose: to introduce something and force people to accept it - กำหนด,บังคับใช้
  • punishment: an act or a way of punishing somebody - การลงโทษ
  • regulations: official rules that control the way that things are done - ระเบียบปฏิบัติ
  • so-called: used for saying that a particular word is usually used for referring to someone or something - ที่เป็นที่รู้กัน
  • specific: detailed and exact - โดยเฉพาะ, เฉพาะเจาะจง
  • suitable: acceptable or right for someone or something - เหมาะสม
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