[School] “Periods are not a bad thing; They are necessary”

[School] “Periods are not a bad thing;  They are necessary”

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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2022. 2:09 p.m. CST.

By Zoila Palma González: There has been an ongoing public debate on social media regarding school policies, particularly regarding student hair length.

While the Ministry of Education issued a statement saying that everyone, including children, has the right to freedom of expression, conscience and the right to be free from discrimination, many parents agreed that the rules are important.

Director General of the Ministry of Human Development, Tanya Santos says periods are not a bad thing, they are necessary.

“I attended Belmopan Comprehensive School from 89-93 when Michael Price was headmaster and we had teachers like Mrs. Jennifer Dunn, Alejandro Salazar and many others who forcefully enforced the sensible rules and standards of the school. I have been reprimanded on occasion for certain behaviors and ways of dressing. I think I did pretty well, rules and all. I am certainly grateful that they stayed the course that led us down the path we are on today. My point: Periods aren’t a bad thing. They are needed,” Santos said on Facebook.

Journalist and media personality Louis Wade has also spoken out on social media saying rules are part of discipline.

“Why not teach your child to respect the rules of an educational institution instead?” Don’t you have a summer vacation yet where your kids can wear whatever hairstyle they want? There is, after all, a reason the Police and Military Training Academies team cut out all male cadets: DISCIPLINE,” Wade said.

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