Proposal on school uniforms draws criticism

Students of Alliance Girls High School applaud during the school’s prize giving day. Some people have suggested that uniforms represent more than clothing and reflect the culture and aspirations of a particular school. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Nicholas Maiyo, Chairman of the National Parents Association that came up with the proposal, said it is meant to reduce the cost of uniforms for parents.
  • It is not clear how the association came up with the proposal, since its organising secretary, Mr Osborne Mabalu, differed with Mr Maiyo.
  • Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed calmed the situation on Wednesday, saying the matter would be put before stakeholders for discussion.

It is difficult enough for parents and teachers to pick out a student from a distance from tens of others when they are in uniform. But this could become even more difficult if a proposal to have all students in the country wear the same uniform from January next year is implemented.

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