Students describe prejudice at prestigious Pretoria school where natural hair was deemed ‘untidy’ and ‘un-ladylike’

Malaika Maoh Eyoh, a 17-year-old student at the prestigious Pretoria high school for girls, remembers the first time she was told by a teacher that her afro was “distracting others from learning”.

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Her name is Zulaikha. She’s 13 years old. She’s been in detention for her hair before. She is the future.

The feels. The chills. School girls threatened with arrest. And how they respond ✊ #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh

I’m 23 years old now and the wounds from my high school experience have really affected me

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