Private school lands in trouble over special uniform

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

The Al-Farook English medium school in Malappuram has come up with a way to set apart students who do well in the school-decided parameters and those that don't - different coloured uniforms.

The parents were told by the Al Farooque English Medium School that the uniform would trigger healthy competition and would help improve the academic performance of the average students. Explaing how students felt discriminated with the new system, Child Line counsellor Mohammed Rashid said, "We found most students were unhappy with the new system". All the students were advised to follow the same in the new academic session which started back in June. According to the Childline authorities, 32 students of the school, who were good at studies were told by the school authorities to wear a gray uniform, while others were wearing the regular uniform of the school.

The parents initially found it discriminatory but later gave up to the teacher's suggestion.

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"Following this, we made a visit to the school in June to inquire about the matter", he said. After conducting a survey among students, Child Line asked the school to withdraw its new rule.

While parents protested that the school did not think about mental issues that were caused among students due to the uniforms, they did not receive a concrete reply. When they approached the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) and the district Child Welfare Committee, the school authorities were forced to withdraw the new system. The decision came after the state education department has sought a report from the district education officer regarding the same.

School principal Abdul Kareem defended himself saying that the new system was launched as part of forming students' group in class rooms to monitor different co-curricular activities.

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