Ombudsman orders school to re-admit Bible Believers pupils

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The Ombudsman has given management of Kamarambo primary school in Malawi’s Mzimba district a 14 day ultimatum to re-admit Bible Believers pupils at the school who refused to cut their hair short.

This follows complaints from members of the church after the children were banned from the school in 2014.

According to a letter from the chief regional officer at the Ombudsman Yamikani Chokhotho, issues of hair cannot warrant the school to ban children from attending classes.

The Ombudsman also advised the school management to abide by the letter or face court proceedings.

Court“Issues of hair are purely administrative and cannot overwrite the constitution on the right to education,” stated part of the letter.

In reaction to the letter from the Ombudsman, teachers at the school wrote a letter to the Ombudsman saying they will not re-admit the students until they cut their hair short.

“The school management, Parents Teacher Association (PTA) together with the members of the church agreed that the parents will abide by the school rules by allowing their children to cut their hair short,” wrote the teachers.

They said it was shocking to realise the parents of the pupils were not convinced hence reporting the case to the office of the Ombudsman.

The teachers warned the Office of the Ombudsman to stop threatening them and denied that they are in breach of section four of the Ombudsman Act.

The teachers have also described the Ombudsman’s conduct as a breach of academic freedom and threatened that they will stage a sit in.

Bible Believers church is a religion which prohibits female members from cutting or re-touching their hair.

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  1. But why not cutting hair? chonde tiyeni tilimvese Bible monga momwe lidalembedwela, mukamaonjezera maganizo anu ndi izi sopano mukukana kumeta tsitsi siukhondo umenewo, how long can a human being keep hairs? mundiyankhe inu acharichi

  2. Its very strange to note that the whole DEM does not know that any law contrally to the supreme law of the land (constitution ) its not valid. Mwina tibwerere kumbuyo and call those inspector of schools atleast they had knowledgeable enough .

  3. I once taught at a Xul where there was a Bible believer koma tsitsi lake amalisamala bwino so it was difficult to say she shd cut her hair. I don’t kno Ana amenewowo akusamala their hair or we r just looking at long hair. the primary objective of the rule for cutting hair was that students shd not waste much time caring for their hair. osamangothamangitsa without luking at cholinga. ngati akumapesa bwino then leave them. mudzisunga isezi akadzangopanda kupesa, sing the song “kodi nonse mwapesa?” dzawameteni. kkkkkkkk

  4. hahaaaa!!!!! ndkukhulupilira kut anaika malamulo ometawa m’ma geli + mwinam’mwinamu nd atsamunda,koma kodi iwo amameta?(DZUKA MALAWI!).Chomwe ndakonda ngati sichikubweretsa chisokonezo ndilekeleni.Tangotiuzani kut tidzisamala matsitsi athuwa osat kuchita kukakamizana kumeta,za chimidzizo ife ayi.pano nde ndili mu afro style,great looks + kugelaso chimozmoz pa CHIPASULA SEC(L CITY!)…sindidzameta tsitsi mpaka imfa,mpaka kuuka,mpaka mu NEW JERUSALEM wo!.Amen…

  5. Ngati boma linalola azimai kumvala or kuyenda osamvala ndi ma legezi awo m’town kuli bwanji kuvomeleza za tsisi cox tsitsi sizoti avula ngati momwe tikuonera dzipsyepsye zazimai let children to go to school xaphuzitsi zosaphunzira ndi choncho bola kugwira u garden boy pano pa theba than to be a teacher kupusa

  6. No way t COMPROMISE school rules bcs of a few pple wh donot understand BIBLE teachngs.Donot giv up teachers.Let all leanaz hv their hair cut.PERIOD.

  7. Nthawi ya asamunda yinapi,nthawi ya one party yinapita pano ndi Democracy,tiyeni tilemekeze ufulu wa chibadwidwe ndinso chipembedzo,asiyeni aphunzile school ana…Joseph Suzgo Mwale RSA

  8. MABELIEVER SIMALAMULO AWO KUSAMETA AYI KOMA NDIBAIBULO NDIYE MUWAUZE NDINU OTI ADZIMVE PAKATI PA ANTHU NDIMULUNGU NDAFUNA KUCENJEZA MULUNGU SALEMEKEZA MUNTHU MUWALETSA KOMA MUONE ZIMENE MULUNGU ADACITA KU UMBWI SECO ADAMUBWEZA MTSIKANA KUSUKULU KOMA ZITATELO AHEAD TRANSFER YADZIDZI KU HOSTEL YA ATSIKANA MPHERE ATSIKANA ONSE TAMALUMIKIZANI ZOCITIKAZI NDI MAWU SINDIKUDZIWA KUTI AHEAD AKALEWO AKUUMBWIWO ADAZIWONA BWANJI NANUNSO AKUMITSANI MTIMA KUTI MUONE KWIYO WAMULUNGU

  9. MABELIEVER SIMALAMULO AWO KUSAMETA AYI KOMA NDIBAIBULO NDIYE MUWAUZE NDINU OTI ADZIMVE PAKATI PA ANTHU NDIMULUNGU NDAFUNA KUCENJEZA MULUNGU SALEMEKEZA MUNTHU MUWALETSA KOMA MUONA ZIMENE MULUNGU AMACITA KU UMBWI SECO ADAMUBWEZA KUSUKULU KOMA ZITATELO AHEAD TRANSFER YADZIDZI KU HOSTEL YA ATSIKANA MPHERE TAMALUMIKIZANI ZOCITIKAZI NDI MAWU SINDIKUDZIWA KUTI AHEAD AKALEWO AKUUMBWIWO ADAZIWONA BWANJI NANUNSO AKUMITSANI MTIMA KUTI MUONE KWIYO WAMULUNGU

  10. Kodi ku pulaimale savala trouser chifukwa chani? Kuvala trouser ndikulakwa? Malamulo ena amangofuna kuti pakhale uniformity pakati pa ana asukulu basi.

  11. Ma Bible believers kuti chiyani iwowa? Why are they so special? Ana ama rasta akumakanidwa ndi ma dread. Iwo ndi Bible liti limene akunamila, machimo ali tho m’mitima yawo. School rules must be applied, ngati sakufuna akamange yawo. A ombudsman asaopyeze apa

  12. What if everyone in class has good reason to defy one part of school rules? iguess all rules might in the end have a reservation– Every entity has rules,its the same as in the military,ucant keep hair there. just follow rules unconditionally!

  13. You bible believers, why cant you build your own schools. We believe that achild who is to be good must be taught good morals.When we talk about good morals we mean behaviour and hygiene. Cutting hair short is part and parcel of hygiene.Every learner must observe school rules regardless of their denomination. Muslims build their own schools inorder to teach their children both academic and religous doctrine lessons. Build your schools,simple.

  14. Vuto lomwe masiku ano lilipo ngakhale mu nthawi ya Ambuye Yesu ndikumvera munthu osati Mulungu. Dziko la Malawi ndi limodzi lomwe ufulu wa kupembedza ulipo koma sukufuna kuloledwa ndi anthu ochepa omwe nfu owerenga baibulo koma amazemba dala pa choonadi. Baibulo lidati mkazi asamete tsitsi. Sing’anga akadalamula zikadamveka mofulumira kwa aphunzitsiwa kona poti ndi Mulungu zikuoneka zovuta kunvetsa. Mulungu atsekuleni maso anthuwa kuti awone monga mudachitira ndi Gehazi uja. Vumbulutsani chinsinsi ichi monga mudachitira kwa Petro. Alankhuleni monga mudamulankhulira Paul pa njira ya ku Damasiko.

  15. Old days are gone my fellow Malawians. Teachers are using old rules which can’t benefit our country. Let’s allow our children to be educated for Malawi’s development.

  16. Mmm! Guy’s this is wrong, remember the God’s rule must be followed, so if they believe in God let them do so. There’s nothing wrong to have long hair as long they behaving as pupils then its fine.

  17. Palibe chodabwitsa apa nanga do we have a president here in Malawi? aliyense akupanga zomwe akufuna. But rules needs to be implemented that’s why some churches have got their own schools kupewa zimenezi. Ngati ziyambike zimenezi nafenso ma rasta mutilore tizipota tsitsi koma ma YO muwalore azivala zimatcheni kwinaku atakhwefula. But get me right chipembedzo its our first priority komanso tisamazitengere pamgong’o zithunzi tisamakhale ngati alembi nd afalisi

  18. it is rural areas where they take such policy as serious. chichiri primary has many a student who have long hair but they are unbelievers however they look neat and tidy and you can hardly distinguish unbeliever from the believer. those who argue with baseless opinions should first read the Bible and take out their mortal and intellectual reasoning and let them hear what the Lord speaks to every manner of man.

  19. iwe ukuti ma Bible Believer amange awo ma school unamva kuti salipira msonkho? School za boma zimayendera misonkho yathu and bible believer amalipira msonkho nawo, usamale mayankhulidwe Mulungu siwosewera naye.

    • choose one sikuti ngati saphuzila xool ndiye kuti sakalowa kumwamba. Aslam amamanga madrassa cholinga chophuzisa ana achipembezo chao naonso amalipila misonkho. Naonso a catholic ndi machalichi ambili ali ndi ma xool ao omwe amakaphuzilako ndipo amapanga zomwe akufuna boma sililowelelapo. Koma iyi ndi xool yaboma ndipo boma ili ndi malamulo ao ndiye wina ngati sakufuna kusatila kungoleka kukafuna kwina malo basi

    • akulu malamulo ndiambiri ndipo amasiyanadi ngakhale kutengera ma sukulu, but the supreme laws of the land are the constitution, don’t think the Ombudsman Office did that without taking into account your observation, infact the constitution has it that education is the right, ufulu wa chipembedzoso uli mommo, so any regulation which violates somebody’s right has to be decided in reference to the constitution, that’s why sometimes the supreme laws invalidates these regulations.

    • #Diverson anati ndi malamulo ndani? Simulimvetsa chabe bible ndipo izi si za church koma mau a Mulungu, ndipo ngati ndi lamulo ndiyesa nkwabwino kumvera Mulungu than munthu kapena dziko, mphoto yake adzapeleka ndi Mulungu yemweyo, ngati inu muli osamvera Mulungu ndi chisankho chanu, ndiye bwanji mumatokota mukamva maiko akukhazikitsa malamulo odana ndi mau a Mulungu koma nkukhala osamvera zophweka ngati izi?

  20. The Bible is very clear,
    A woman must not cut her hair,you may choose to disagree with it but it doesn’t change the fact that God said not to.
    Besides that the Omburdsman has also ruled against them.

    • They shuld nt go xool azpta ku bible kwao ko n yusu akavomera ku peleka msokho y sakati za zikolapasi ngt muli a bible phuzran bible lomwelo

    • Eeehe eni xul yo zimenezo sakulabada hence introduce ur own xuls as catholics.SDAs,CCAPs even Muslims do to spread their beliefs

    • here we r talking of learners not women.if so let every religion do they feel is good & accomodate their views equally . Ma rasta nawonso ayambe zimenezi.

  21. Guyz lets be realistic here on this issue, does long hair make someone fail to learn in school? Is having long hair means being rude to teachers? What evil does it cause to school authorities? Which is good to be hule or chamba smoker and tukwana aziphumzitsi at xool and having long hair but be a pupil with God fearing behaviors and pipo appreciate at the institution? Why you teachers not advising their parents to make their children hairs good all the time when they are coming for xool? Bwanji mukulimbana ndi mulungu? Read on 1 cor 11 down it will tell u why should female christian not cut her hair short. Bible is meant for every christian in the world to follow what is written therein period. All what is needed is complain about their behaviors at school if they are mischievers then follow xool rules not hairs aloleni ana amzanu akomze tsogolo lawo ngati ana anuwo basi!

  22. Ombudsman rules are rules your do take your religion to schools, it doesnt matter which religion you belong to you have to follows thre rules otherwise it will creat chaos!

    • Mulungu akhala owona munthu ndi onama. Bible ndi mau a Mulungu maziphunzitsiwo ndi mafarisi atsopano modern parishes. Are belongs to other churches does not believe Bible.