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Traditions that marginalise are best left in the past

We should listen to the criticisms from parents and students about the things that demotivate learners

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A parent recently complained that her daughter was being made to feel inferior because the blazer she was expected to wear was “less academic” than those worn by some of her classmates. In this particular school, and some others, senior pupils who perform well in their exams are allowed to wear special braids on the edges of their blazers, while those with less impressive results are denied the braids.

The complaint is similar to the one made earlier this year at the University of Oxford, where students taking key exams are expected to wear academic gowns. Those who achieved distinction in ...

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