Kerala school has freakish uniforms rule based on students' academic skills

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

A self-financing school in the district has courted controversy by introducing a different uniform for a certain section of students.

The Al-Farook English medium school in Malappuram has come up with a way to set apart students who do well in the school-decided parameters and those that don't - different coloured uniforms.

"We were told the average students will yearn for white and work hard but we find it too discriminatory", a mother was quoted while talking about the same.

The Childline authorities had conducted a survey among the students for their feedbacks on the new system following the complaint received in June.

"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.

"Following this, we made a visit to the school in June to inquire about the matter", he said. Following the complaint, the school on Thursday withdrew the system, reported the Times of India.

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. "But, the authorities justified their action", he said. The Childline officials have also found the process highly discriminatory which will raise mental agony of the students.

However, a spokesman of the Al Farooque group has further promised to discontinue the new uniform immediately and take action against the principal. Parents are up in arms over the decision and even Childline has gotten involved as it is anxious that children will be emotionally damaged by the alleged discrimination. However, principal Abdul Kareem said, "Students were selected based on their academic, co curricular activities and discipline".

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