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. pic.twitter.com/xCmvVAfbnI

The feels. The chills. School girls threatened with arrest. And how they respond ✊ #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh pic.twitter.com/DNr1lhpiN4

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

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