A school in Kerala's Malappuram district has landed in controversy after it introduce two different uniforms for students based on their academic skills, Hindustan Times reported.
According to the unusual uniform code, academically brilliant students would wear white shirts and tops while another category of average students would wear red check shirts and tops. the new system was brought in the new academic session which began in June. Around 900 students are at present studying in Al Farooque English medium school and the mental health of these young minds can not be ignored like this.
While other students wore regular uniform to school, 32 students were asked to wear a gray uniform.
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"We initiated a survey in the school and we found most of the students were unhappy with the new system", Child Line counsellor Mohammed Rashid told Express. 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.
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. After conducting a survey among students, Child Line asked the school to withdraw its new rule. "Students were selected on the basis of their academic and cocurricular activities and discipline. The intention was very positive and we received no complaints from the students or parents". When approached a spokesman of the Al Farooque group, there was statement declared that the school would terminate the school uniform instantly and strict action would be taken against the principal.
"We were told the average students will yearn for white and work hard but we find it too discriminatory", said the mother of a student.