Students or Fashion Models?

25 Sep

Quite fashionable…

Students must look like students!  This I say without apologies.  A new school year has begun and as is customary, the teething pains are obvious. Some of the teething pains are the same every year. Chief among them annually is the issue of dress code.  The media has been filled with stories of parents complaining about school turning back children for short uniforms, tight pants or inappropriate shoes. The issue of length of uniforms however, seem to be more prominent than the others. Hence I will be speaking to this matter.

Some students take bags like these to school….why would parents allow this?

Context of my argument.

From mid-year towards the end of the last academic school year, I noticed a trend….schools were transformed from a place of educating young children to a fashion gallery.   Boys and girls became walking fashion shows.  The girls wore fancy shoes with studs; make-up such as eye liner; hair extensions; fashionable hand bags. As for the boys, tight pants (these are not khaki) fashionable studded design belts; sport shoes; bleached face and processed hair and other accessories.  These are unacceptable for school.   I believe students should look like students and be set apart from adults and I think school administrator have the same view, hence they have embarked on a path once again to restore this preferred decorum.

Listen up Parents…

Schools have rules governing how students should attire while they are on the school compound.  Parents when you accepted the place your child earned to be in that institution, you agreed to the rules of the institution. It therefore means, you should adhere to them and ensure your child does.  If the school rule stipulates that all girls should wear skirts that or four (4”) or five (5”) inches from the ankle, then you should ensure your child’s skirt reflects such.  If you child’s skirt is not at the required length, the institution reserve the right to send your child home as they would not be adhering to rules and regulations.

My experience…

Recently, I has a disagreement with a colleague who pulled one of my form student from class because she “measured her skirt and it is not four inches above the ankle as stipulated in the rule book”.   I politely went to the holding area and removed my student and took her back to class.   This did not go well with the supervisor; however, I stood my ground.  I did not do it because I am defiant or in support of breaching rules but students sometimes need someone to speak for them. I strongly believe that even though the student’s skirt was not four inches above the ankle, the student was modestly dressed for school…worst this is her final year.  Why would you want the child to discard a skirt that is suitable for school and make new ones when she has only a few more months remaining?  If the teacher did not measure the uniform, then she would not have known it was not four inches from the ankle. As education managers, we ought NOT to take actions because we think we are in a place of power.  For some things we must use our discretion effectively and this issue of length of uniform is one.

Let us be logical…

Where do we get off measuring student’s uniforms?  Administrators who make it their duty to literally measure the uniform skirts are stepping out of line, and are wasting contact time.    The mere fact that you have to measure to ensure the skirt is four (4”) or five (5”) inches above the ankle, then it is not short.  You should not have to measure to determine if the skirt is short. It would have been obvious the moment you look at the student. A rule such as this should not be taken literally where we expect uniforms to be exact.  The four to five inches should be a guide to ensure students wear their uniform at an acceptable appropriate length.  But if the institution wants to be so technical as to be measuring uniforms and want them to be exactly four inches from the ankle, then it means the student whose skirts are two inches from the ankle should be sent home for wearing the uniform too long.   It is only fair.

I believe in rules. I do not like the fact that students look like they are going to parties or to a picnic or other places of relaxation instead of school.   Students should be set apart in their attire.  Despite this belief, schools administrators ought not to abuse their positions of power.   This is an indication that there needs to be greater collaboration between school administrators and parents. Further dialogue is needed and consensus if schools are going to achieve their goal of having students look like students and not a fashion models.

What do you think about this rule and how it is enforced?  Please share your thoughts.

* pictures taken from google images.

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