Calling it an attempt to shed its sarkari school tag,the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board has revamped its school uniform from the usual plain blue and white combination to brown checks. The first sets of new uniform were distributed to Class I students who were enrolled during the kanya kelavani and shala praveshotsav in the city on Thursday. While a few areas including Bapunagar,Saraspur,Dariyapur among others were covered during the first day of the drive,officials are set to visit the remaining wards on Friday and Saturday.
After taking advice from teachers and students on how to change the image of our schools,we decided to initiate the change. As it has been years since the uniform of Municipal Corporation schools was changed,the students felt that they being tagged by their blue and white uniform labelling them to be from government schools, said the Municipal School Board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar.
While the boys uniforms will have a brown and white check shirt and plain brown shorts,the girlss will be wearing a white and brown check shirt with a dark brown tunic. Students in Class VI and above will wear trousers instead of shorts and tunics would be replaced by salwaar pyjamas for girls.
The authorities added that the proposal for a new uniform for Class VI-VIII which was was put forward in the budget has been approved. The authorities however admitted that it will take some time for the new uniform to reach the students owing to the procedural delays in the release of funds.
Though the students of municipal schools were seen happy with the change,they were skeptical about the time it will take for the uniforms to actually reach them. While the corporation will distribute uniforms to students in Class I free of cost during the three-day drive,remaining students till Class VIII will be provided monetary assistance. This year,with the change in uniform and high rates of inflation,the monetary assistance per child has been increased by Rs 100 with assistance being extended to Class VIII as well.