A teenager says she is “devastated” after being barred from high school next year for feeling more comfortable wearing trousers than a skirt.
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“I hate being called a lesbian. I’m not a lesbian. I’m born a girl but I’m a man,” said the 15-year-old.
East London’s Cambridge High School gave her mother an ultimatum – ensure that your child sticks to the dress code or take her elsewhere.
Last week, the school came under fire from the provincial Education Department and the Commission on Gender Equality, which said that the pupil’s constitutional rights had been violated. The Education Department’s provincial head, Modidima Mannya, defended the pupil, saying: “If that child wants to be in that school and wants to wear pants, she will be back at that school.”
The deputy chairman of Cambridge High’s governing body, Andrew Whitaker, said the uniform policy would have to change to accommodate constitutional rights, but the intention was to protect the child from other pupils.