The headmaster of Government Higher Secondary School at Melagaram in Tenkasi near Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu has issued pamphlets to all salons in the town, requesting them to stop giving stylish and quirky haircuts to school students.
“It’s not just the job of teachers to cultivate discipline in students; the society also plays a crucial role. We request the hairdressers who transform the looks of students to kindly give hairstyles that will suit the atmosphere of the school rather than proving styles like line cutting, box cutting, one side, spike according to the student’s choice. This will help to improve the discipline of students. Let us unite and create a new nation,” the statement by the headmaster, ST Srinivasan, read.
Srinivasan said he circulated the pamphlets to make students concentrate on their studies rather than in other unwanted activities. Speaking to indianexpress.com, the headmaster said students were spending time on sporting trendy haircuts and that could be one of the reasons for the decline in the pass percentage in the school.
“Our school was producing 100 per cent results for the past 43 years. Last year, there was a decline. After discussions, we found that certain students were spending too much time on enhancing their beauty rather than concentrating on studies. We thought this could be one of the reasons for the decline in the pass percentage,” Srinivasan said.
“I organised a parents-teachers meeting and briefed them about their wards’ activities. We started to see a change in a few weeks. Students were showing more interest in academics. But a certain section of students were still getting unconventional haircuts. We decided to approach the hairdressers in our surrounding areas and appealed to them to stop giving fancy haircuts to the students. Their association leaders readily agreed and said they will try to implement it,” he further said.
While some netizens termed the development as moral policing, others appreciated the headmaster’s effort to inculcate discipline in the life of students. Srinivasan said he spent money out of his pocket for the pamphlets and he took the initiative since his life was dedicated to the welfare of students.
“What I did is not moral policing. I am trying to bring more discipline into students. Other school principals and headmasters called me and said they are willing to do this in their schools. That’s the change I am looking for,” he said.
Manikanda Boopathi, the Chief Educational Officer of Tirunelveli district, backed the initiative of the headmaster and called it a step to make sure students fall in line.
”The headmaster has given this appeal for a social cause, this is another step to make sure the students fall in line. This is not a sensitive issue or a common issue, this is like moral responsibility. During the adolescent period, the students go through a lot of change physically and mentally. Some of them try to copy certain styles to gain attraction. To avoid these things, this initiative has been done,” he said.