In a document circulated, a number of rules and regulations are being considered by the Education Ministry.
The goal is to become more inclusive – but that means a lot of things will have to change as a result. Already, there are murmurs of discontent in some circles.
Some of the guidelines set out by the Department of Basic Education include the following: Schools will soon be required to provide ‘genderless/unisex toilets and changing rooms’.
Individual stalls, gendered bathroom signs, and more cubicles are touted as a solution.
Teachers are to be told they must AVOID gender-segregating, by splitting classes, lines, or groups into ‘boys and girls’.
The provision of gender-neutral uniforms must also be made available to all pupils who require them.
‘Dead-naming’ will also be outlawed.
That means a student identifying with a different gender CANNOT be called by their previous name.
The guidelines aim to combat discrimination, but the topic is likely to spark an avalanche of debate.