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‘Dreadlocks not the issue’

Carol-Ann Tudor

‘Dreadlocks not the issue’

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Principal of Hill Top Preparatory School, Alicia Forde, is making it clear that there is no discrimination against Rastafarianism at the school, but maintains that she has rules which must be followed.
Speaking with the DAILY NATION yesterday, Forde said that while girls were attending the school with dreadlocks, she had always pointed out to parents of boys during their formal interviews that boys’ hair was to be worn low, with “no fancy haircuts”.
Forde, responding to an issue surrounding the claim by Barbadian parent Ayesha Delpeche that her five-year-old son was denied a place because of his hair, said the child was not denied entry based on his hairstyle but on the fact that the parents never returned the registration form.
A livid Delpeche, in a letter to media houses and through Facebook media, said her dreadlocked son, who had been schooled both in Barbados and in Florida, had “never once had to cover or cut his hair”.
Read the full story in today’s DAILY NATION.