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Girls waiting to hear if their hair's still too long

FEMALE pupils in southern China who were suspended because their hair was too long are still waiting to hear if they are to be allowed to resume their studies.

The school in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, will decide next Monday on how to deal with the 32 grade-12 girls who broke the school code on the length of students' hair, a teacher in charge of moral education, surnamed Zhang, told Guangzhou Daily yesterday.

The girls told the paper that they will still face a dilemma this Monday to either cut their hair or leave the school.

Zhang said the school had been trying to convince the girls to cut their hair since last March when the regulation was put into effect and the girls knew they would face suspension if they did not.

All the other girl students cut their hair after the school authorities checked every student and ordered those with long hair to leave.

The 32 reject the school authorities's claims that short hair had a positive effect on the school's image.

The school regulation stipulates that female students should not have hair longer than collar length.

The 32 music majors, however, wear normal ponytails, and refused to comply with the code fearing shorter hair might compromise auditions as most of them would be applying for admission to art schools next June.

The issue has sparked heated online discussions with most Internet users condemning the school.


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