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Kenyans Petition Against Shaving Of Students And Web-based Exam System

An online campaign by students and parents to have school girls grow hair in schools has just begun. A petition seen by Teachers Updates seeks to cease the Ministry of Education from forcing learners to cut their natural hair.

The name of the campaign is “Let Kenyan students keep their hair” and which is aiming to achieve a 10,000 signatures, has attracted a massive support of over 9,900 signatures by today on www.change.org. The petition is also against hair-dying in schools. 

The campaign justifies itself by arguing that children’s compulsory shaving of heads, or keeping a particular hair style for girls is another form of colonial relic just like those of African colonialism where it was mandatory for all Africans to shave their ‘dirty, ugly and untidy hair.’

Those who went through those systems grew up with a poisoned mentality of doing exactly what the colonial powers imposed to them and now extending to the new young generation, according to the petition.

Citing other first world countries like British who colonized Kenya, the petition states that compulsory shaving is not imposed to learners. 

Kenyan basic schools have generated their rules on personal hygiene and among them is includes shaving, or even applying chemicals for girls to make their hair relax. Afro-hairs commonly known in Kenya is strictly prohibited in schools. 

Those who support the petition believes that the African hair is naturally extremely beautiful, unique in its tough curls. They say it’s inappropriate to compare Africans with the different races instead of appreciation of our beautiful being. 

Students supporting the petition also claimed that neatness is achievable without shaving or applying chemicals on hair but supported the ban of ‘Mohawks’ and the likes in school. 

PETITION AGAINST WEBBASED EXAMINATION SYSTEMS FOR KENYAN UNIVERSITIES

In another recent petition in Kenya by Mr Collins Reinhardt which seeks to abolish online exams in universities and colleges. In his defense, Collins makes it clear that he is not against technological improvements nor virtual invigilations. 

He justifies himself by saying he is opposed to the marginalized section of students in Kenyan universities that lacks electricity or lack internet access. Using an example of Equity Group CEO Mr James Mwangi, the petition states that education ought to be equally accessible and neutral for students from all counties and different social and economic backgrounds. 

He criticizes universities that conduct online exams via platforms like Fedena which he terms it as a segregation. He adds that these differences are what fosters  irregularities in examinations calling on the government to add internet and electricity access as part of Kenya’s basic needs. 

The petition states that it is very unfair for the learning institutions to expect a fair competition in online invigilation or exams knowing very well that the situation is not the same for every competitor. Mr Collins suggests that Kenya Power should be put in check before such examinations are done. 

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