Blue shorts, a blue or red chequered shirt/red t-shirt and black shoes could soon be the new dress code for children going to municipal schools in south Delhi, after teachers requested authorities for a change in uniform. Teachers reasoned that right now, everyone — from safai karamcharis to attendants to children — have the same uniform.
For the last 30 years, students at these schools have worn blue shirts and navy blue shorts/skirts. Teachers have submitted the proposal to south corporation mayor Kamaljeet Sherawat. “The dress is not very nice and there is a need for the corporation school children to look smart. Having a good, colourful uniform is an important factor in children’s development. This will make students feel there is no difference between them and students from private schools,” said Anshu Pathak, a teacher at a corporation school in Dwarka.
In the letter to the mayor, teachers wrote that the dress change will also help uplift the image of the school. Sherawat said the change in the uniform is part of their education plans. “We want our children to look smart, so we will make sure this proposal is implemented as soon as possible,” said Sherawat.
The North and East corporation schools took a lead in this matter last year. The North body changed the dress to maroon chequered shirt and grey shorts/skirts. The East body went for grey pants and plain maroon shirts. Most teachers also said the Rs 500 given to buy uniforms is not enough.
“Each child can buy only one set. These are small children, so there’s bound to be wear and tear. Authorities should introspect on this aspect,” said a teacher of a Lajpat Nagar school who did not wish to be identified. The Delhi High Court recently directed the corporation to give Rs 1,000 for uniform and Rs 50 for stationary for each child. But the order is yet to be implemented.