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Parents and students in St. Kitts and Nevis to observe new hair policy in 2023-2024 academic year


by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Hair Policy for St. Kitts and Nevis will take effect at the start of the academic year, September 04 2023.


Students are expected to maintain neat, clean hair at all times. Traditional haircuts, natural locs, afros and cornrows are permitted for male and female students; but the hairstyles should not obstruct the view of other students.


Female students are permitted to wear hair extensions, however, unnatural hair colour, wigs and weaves are not allowed. Extensions should not fall below the shoulders and should match one’s natural hair colour. Buns should not be wider than 10 cm or 4 inches. If a female student is suffering from a proven medical issue such as alopecia, scalp infections, lupus and cancer, she will be allowed to wear a wig.


Additionally, female students in grade three and other higher levels are allowed to wear beads, but they should be securely positioned to prevent contact with the eyes. All hair accessories should match the uniform.


On the other hand, male students are encouraged to properly groom their facial hair, be it sideburns and beards. He is not allowed to have eyebrow markings/ lines, eyelash extensions, or hair extensions. Males are not allowed to wear beads.


Students will be presented with specialised safety guidelines to follow when utilising rooms such as the Science Labs, Industrial Shops, Home Economics Centres etc.


Students in Nurseries and Preschool are not allowed to wear hair extensions and students in preschool up to grade 2 will not be allowed to wear beads.


The Ministry of Education says “the goal of the new hair guidelines for students  is to create an inclusive and respectful environment that promotes diversity and self-expression in line with school standards. The guidelines emphasise comfort, cleanliness and neatness. They safeguard against discrimination while maintaining safety and a professional appearance. They aim to reduce feelings of insecurity and support students’ mental health and well-being.”



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