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LETTERs OF THE DAY - Don't turn students into 'long-frock' grannies

Published:Wednesday | September 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The Gleaner editorial titled 'Commissars of skirt lengths', published on Monday, September 22, 2014, is on point. It goes to show how our focus and energy are channelled in the wrong direction.

Nobody can deny the fact that students should be able to uphold the rules and regulations of a school, but I cannot see why the school can be so interested in turning students into grannies. Therefore, I believe that rules should be reasonable, practical, and applicable with regard to inducing appropriate behaviours.

There are many issues affecting our education system, and instead of addressing these issues, we are stopping students from gaining access to an education.

How does wearing uniforms 11 inches below the knee improve the teaching and learning process? I strongly believe three inches below the knee should be a reasonable length for a child's uniform. Indeed, discipline in and of itself is one such thing that should be maintained because it does have an impact on the overall teaching and learning process.

The modes by which we instill discipline ought not to be extreme and unreasonable. Additionally, the rules are there to guide behaviours and not to control people. Schools are social institutions that should produce educated citizens who will find their place in society by upholding moral principles and values. As such, we accept that though the culture has evolved and societal views have changed, we need to be reasonable in our approach.

At the end of the day, it makes no sense we have a society of grannies and there is nothing in their heads.


Clark's Town, Trelawny