Kerala school introduces gender-neutral uniform for students
According to the present Headmistress, Suma KP, the new uniform made the children very confident. Under the gender-neutral uniform policy, all students, be it a boy or a girl can wear shirts and three-fourths trousers.
Showing the way forward for gender neutrality, a government lower primary school in Valayanchirangara at Ernakulam district in Kerala has introduced of a common uniform for all its students. In 2018, the then headmistress C Raji first introduced the policy. Raji implemented this decision after receiving approval from the school management committee and parents teachers committee.
According to Live Mint, Raji explained that when they were talking about various factors to introduce and implement in school, gender equality was the main subject. Therefore uniform came to mind. Stating that girls face a lot of problems when it comes to skirts, the idea to bring neutrality came. Later the department discussed the idea of a change. 90 percent of parents supported this at that time. The kids were happy too. The headmistress expressed that she feels very happy and proud that this is being discussed now.
According to the present Headmistress, Suma KP, the new uniform made the children very confident. Under the gender-neutral uniform policy, all students, be it a boy or a girl can wear shirts and three-fourths trousers. KP added that this uniform is very helpful especially for girls. The decision is recieving support from girls and their parents. The decision has been taken to provide equal freedom and happiness to both boys and girls.
NP Ajayakumar former School Management Committee Chairman informed that the decision is being welcomed by all. No significant opposition has been received from anyone. Girls face various problem wearing skirts. The concept of the new uniform has been derived from the concept of a gender-neutral uniform.