A GOVERNMENT lower primary school in Valayanchirangara at Ernakulam district has shown the way of gender neutrality by introducing a common uniform to all its students. The gender-neutral uniform policy that was introduced in the year 2018 by the then headmistress of the school requires the students to wear shirts and three-fourths trousers. The policy has triggered a discussion on social media. “This is a school with good vision. Gender equality was the main subject when we were talking about many factors to implement in the school.
Therefore uniform came to mind. When I was thinking about, what to do with it, I could see that girls face a lot of problems when it comes to skirts. The idea of a change was discussed with everyone. 90 per cent of parents supported this at that time. The kids were happy too,” said C Raji former Headmistress who introduced this uniform in 2018. “Gender equality should be in the minds of students and parents. Girls face many problems when wearing skirts. Problems occur when going to the toilet and while playing. That too is a factor. This dress is derived from the concept of a gender-neutral uniform. This is a 105-year-old school. Therefore, there was no significant opposition.”