Waiving the condition of mandatory uniform for College students

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Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq headed the meeting of steering committee in his office in which Education Department Sindh had decided that there would be no restriction on uniforms in schools and colleges of the province, while ajrak could be made an optional part of school uniform if desired so by the education institutes.

The decision if implemented, while opposed by the city council, will surely create a class difference among the students. A uniform is a symbol of social unity and discipline in institutions ending discrimination on the basis of students’ status. ‘Ek hi saf main kharay ho gay Mehmood o Ayaz’ will lose its real meaning.

In Pakistani society, where majority of people belong to middle class, it is hard to make both ends meet due to inflation for many families. Uniform is a kind of protection for them to hide their status (not because they are ashamed of it) in an educational institute, so that they can’t be disheartened or become the victim of taunt by their companions (as it is a common practice in colleges). The restriction will create a psychological status shock for many and also give rise to inferiority complex. Influence of modernism can be sky high. Students can’t be distinguished at public places or even in their college making bunking even easier for them.

I can’t understand the logic behind this decision and how helpful it could be to raise educational standards. Perhaps the educational department could explain it well. Our Educational system needs an overhaul not the uniforms. Uniforms should be mandatory and retain for colleges and schools.


19 thoughts on “Waiving the condition of mandatory uniform for College students”

  1. when nation is incircled in poorty than dress means more poorty introduced in nation.Please only your torget should be on educational system.from nursary to unversity parents and students give their full attenctions on education dropping graph in pakistan.Identy will not cover poorty and dropping graph of educaton. opposition is made by those institutions; their owners because their erning ratio will drop out.

  2. @Mohammad: Different schools, some with uniform policies, some without. Parents and kids can work this out between them, given the choice; I’d guess most would just go with the flow of whatever school is most convenient. The only school around here that has uniforms other than for sports is the Catholic elementary school.

    Say, did I read that you’re in north America? Whereabouts, if you don’t mind my asking? How do you like it here?

  3. @Eraj: The late teens are a brutal time, when the “mating game” has begun and everyone is jockeying desperately for status. Ha-ha! When my son was in high school, he hated wearing shirts that weren’t of a particular brand that cost $60 apiece. I thought “This is not a good thing!” so one day I bought him a couple of fifteen-dollar flannel shirts and made sure that all his expensive ones were dirty, so he’d have to wear one of the cheaper ones to school. Some cute girl told him “Oh, Aaron, you look so MANLY in that (cheaper) shirt!” and that’s all it took to break him of the sixty-dollar shirt habit. He still over-dresses, by my lights, but he can be down-to-earth, too, and recognizes pretense when he sees it.

  4. @james. Yes I suppose you are very rite there. The parents consent would be the best as what to do. If I had kids I’d prefer for him to have a uniform to a certain grade level. Fancy clothes on some occasions is acceptable I assume like bonfires and school festivals.

  5. @Eraj: Extremism, extremists. Okay–since they are all individuals, I’d assume that their motives differ. Some of them are so sure their way is the only way that no one else’s opinions or experiences matter; not team players. Some of them are terrified of change. Some of them are desperate (too lazy to farm), and for some of them violence is the only life they’ve ever known. Some truly enjoy the danger. Some have no wits or consciences.
    And some of them are righteously resentful about true injustice inflicted upon them, and determined to do something about it, by taking a sword to the Gordian knots of others’ self-serving legal systems that cheat them.
    I suppose you’d have to ask an extremist what moves him. If he has blown himself up, though, he leaves his reasons for others to define, for their own purposes.

  6. @Eraj: My thoughts exactly.

    School uniforms are so veddy, veddy British; lack of them is so–Yankee rebel. Uniforms contribute to discipline at the expense of individualism, which also has merit. Parents know their kids better than anyone else; probably they should decide what’s best.

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