‘Shave off your beard or go to a Muslim school,’ principal tells Durban pupil

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Durban – A Muslim mother from Durban whose teenage son was asked to shave off his beard – which he had been growing for religious purposes – or leave school, has reported the matter to the KZN Department Education. The woman said her 17-year-old son, a Grade 11 pupil at a school in Phoenix, was continually harassed by the principal to either remove his beard or go to a ‘”Muslim school”.

She claimed that her son was also asked if he was going to be become a moulana. But the woman said she was not prepared to change her son’s school or back down without a fight. “They need to be accountable. We are working parents and our children go to school to learn. If I change my son’s school what happens to the other Muslim children?”

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