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Ahm, is school dem going?

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Director of ADRA-Jamaica, Pastor Desmond Robinson, tells Novada Wynter, 15, who attends the Jonathan Grant High School, that his khaki pants is too long. Novada was the recipient of school uniforms under the Society for the Collaborative Lifting and Advancing of Inner-city Males (S-CLAIM), which was launched on August 23, 2006.

So the school term began on September 7 and, of course, among the headlines were students getting locked out because of improper dress.

Now how exactly do you get the school's dress code wrong? I can understand if you're going into the working world for the first time and you're not quite sure what the particular company requires in terms of dress. You probably shouldn't be found wanting there either, but I would be willing to forgive you. But your school uniform is your uniform. Even grade-seven students know what the uniform looks like (they've being dreaming about wearing it for years.

I see these boys today wearing pants so tight, if they sneezed hard enough they would burst the seams. They wouldn't need AC to keep cool - the now-ruined pair of trousers would provide all the ventilation they would surely need. Even in my younger days, I was never a fan of pants that fit tightly. Since my waist has expanded wider than the hole in the ozone layer, and my overall body size has tripled like the national debt, I wouldn't fit in those types of pants anyway.

I remember when I was in school, there were boys who would try the whole mirror-on-the-shoe trick so they could see under the girls' skirts. Why exactly this was considered fun I'm not so sure. I understand the fascination with the female form, but why so desperate to see undergarments? Anyway, I never did it myself (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) but boys today, and I hope they don't, won't have to. The skirts are so short, there's not much left to the imagination anymore. As for the hairdos? A dance dem a go.


Where is the parent?


The question I always ask is where was the input of the parent or guardian? So perhaps the parent or guardian couldn't afford new uniforms, so they had to send the child/children out in the ones from the previous year. Except, a quick perusal of the shoes will show the child wearing a brand new pair of Clarks. Hmm. Funds could have being better spent? When I was in high school, there was no way my parents were sending me out without the uniform being of a certain standard. It just wasn't done.

As for locking the children out, that's never a good idea. It's counterproductive if you ask me. So maybe they have to do some form of school-related labour, or perhaps some assignments to do in the library, which they must produce by day's end. But sending them home (and we know they're not going straight home) is just not working. They're just more likely to get into trouble rather than stay out of it.

But seriously, students need to remember the reason they go to school. It's not a party, it's not a picnic, not an outing. It is to learn first, and then maybe along the line you can have some fun. Back to the tailor/seamstress for you.

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