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Where do José Marti's priorities lie?

Published:Tuesday | September 9, 2014 | 9:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: For the first day at school for my daughter at José Marti Technical High, she was stopped at the gate, her uniform measured, and she was not admitted to classes because her uniform was 10 inches below her knees rather than 11 inches.

I am a single parent and is solely responsible for this child. I last purchased uniforms from the school for her in January 2014. At this time, there was no indication or information of any changes to the school's uniform.

When I collected the report package, I saw for the first time that their uniforms should be 11 inches below the knee. When I saw this, my plan was to pull out the hem of her current uniforms since these were fairly long. I didn't know that they would be literally measuring uniforms, since I expect that what was important was that the students are modestly dressed.

I really don't have the money right now to buy new uniforms, and if they are not admitting them to class as is, I am not sure what to do. I need a solution that is feasible.

Is it more important that she stays home until her parent can afford the uniforms? What is the objective of measuring every student rather than observing that the uniforms are at a modest length? Is this sanctioned by the ministry? I need to know what to do, since my child is currently at home when she should be in class.

Karen Hemmings