Haircut by teachers or SA has always been a hot topic among the youths in Brunei. Just recently in Singapore there is a huge fuss going on about a teacher who shaved one of the students hair off due to it.

“This after a secondary 2 student of Springfield Secondary Schoolhad about 7cm of his hair cut off, supposedly for turning up to school with long hair styled to the side, even though his mother claims her son had gone for a trim four days before the school reopened. The enraged mum, 43-year-old Madam Yeo, proclaimed: “Who gave the teacher the authority to do such damage?” after school’s forced haircut left her son with uneven patches on his head.” Internet Sources.

The Mom even lodge a complaint straight to the MOE of Singapore. The AMO Times understands that most secondary schools here have a policy that allows teachers to cut students’ hair if it is of an unacceptable length (such as being over the collar) because that is what Ministry of Education imposed so.

But it usually does so only when students refuse to get their hair trimmed despite repeated warnings. Even then, they will either engage a barber or the school’s discipline master will do the job. Schools in Brunei with such a rule include Maktab Duli, PTEK, PTEM and Maktab Sains.

“We will first give a warning, but if they don’t listen, the school will cut it for them, and parents will be informed subsequently,” a teacher would say.

Netizens voice their views

The case has also sparked debate on social media.

Arttralia founder, Erne Azlina Zainal, 20, told The AMO Times over facebook that: “If the teacher can make a nice Haircut, I support it. But if not… rather go to salons.”

Part-time sales promoter, Zheng Bolin, 19, told over Twitter that: “Definitely no (to schools cutting hair), as students are supposed to be able to make the choice by themselves, and not being forced to make it by a higher authority.”

“I don’t believe so, it is unfair. Youths should have their own right over their own self. It can lead to conformity and can kill creativity.” A local Bruneian, who he must not be named said.

“Who make the rules anyways? Doesn’t apply in the real world will it now?” A former MD student said.

On the other hand, Joyce Ang, a mother of three, believes that if repeated warnings were given to students, she does not see the reason why schools should not intervene.

At the end of the day, the matter comes down to  how far schools in Brunei Darussalam can go to enforce discipline versus the parental responsibilities over their own children.

But where do you draw the line?

Abdul Malik Omar
The AMO Times
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