A Rastafarian father, Kevin Pollard, is livid after his son was faced with discrimination. Pollard explained that his son was rejected by Ladyville Evangelical Primary School and Ladyville Seventh Day Adventist Primary School for donning dreadlocks. The general manager of Ladyville Evangelical has since clarified that the boy was unable to enrol because the registration deadline had passed. But up to newstime, the principal and management of Ladyville S.D.A Primary School have not addressed the situation. Love News asked the Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Louis Zabaneh, how the ministry handles these types of situations. This is what he had to say.
Dr.Louis Zabaneh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education: “Well there’s a process. Obviously we cannot discriminate that’s a fundamental principle I just mentioned to you and our leadership team they’re on top of these things and making sure that we work in an environment where we’re fair with everybody. There’s no tolerance for that kind of thing. What we want our educators to be focused on is service to our children, is looking at the uniqueness of each child, where they are in their education, focusing on how we can do our jobs to give them that opportunity to become the persons that they want to become that is what we’re supposed to be doing and if you come with dreadlocks because that’s your religion then we have to respect that.”