Tuesday, June 21, 2005

British Modesty: Just Saying "No" To Skirts In School

In the United Kingdom, they also have controversies over school dress codes. One middle school in England has now banned skirts on female students:
A school has banned female pupils from wearing skirts so that they can "maintain modesty" in lessons, it emerged today.

Broadstone Middle School in Poole, Dorset, will impose the ban from January next year and rule that all pupils wear full length trousers at the 673 pupil school.

Headteacher Marilyn Warden said the decision had been made by the school’s governors so that boys and girls can join in the same lessons.

The news was given to parents in a newsletter from the school, which teaches children aged nine to 13.

"In order to give girls the same opportunities as boys for a safe, active and healthy lifestyle, while maintaining their modesty, it has been considered by our school governors that trousers for all pupils is a practical and appropriate dress requirement,” Mrs Warden said.

However, some parents are unhappy at the ban on skirts especially in hot weather and think that it has been imposed because of some girls wearing short skirts.
Since this new policy is aimed specifically at female students, some might consider it as a bit of a drag.
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