The Chief Executive Officer, Sam&Sara Exclusive Uniform, Mrs. Folake Oyemade, has said indecent school uniforms can increase cases of rape and prostitution among pupils.
Oyemade, who spoke at a press briefing on its Omoluabi Project, in partnership with the Osun State Government in Lagos on Tuesday, said pupils who wore uniforms that exposed sensitive parts of their bodies were at a greater risk for sexual assault.
She said, “I see a lot of pupils especially girls, wearing fitted skirts and they outgrow them quickly. Some even put daring slits on their skirts and we know in this part of the world, we are endowed with a lot of shape at the back. This is not how school uniforms should be made.
“A school uniform skirt should never have slit. When boys in the same class see girls in indecent uniforms, they lose concentration. This practice may encourage prostitution, rape and others among secondary school pupils.”
Oyemade also stated that research had shown that pupils who wore torn school uniforms performed poorly due to low self esteem among their peers.
She said, “When pupils go to school not well-kitted or not properly dressed, it affects their concentration and their output. Research has shown that when a child is happy, he/she is more confident and has no social worries and concentrates better because he looks forward to going to school.”
Oyemade said parents could not be blamed as, according to her, after paying school fees, many of them could not afford to buy uniforms for their kids due to poverty.
She said,“When I visited some schools, some of the children were wearing their elder brother’s shirts because the shirts were looking more like dresses. Some were wearing the native trousers of fabrics of different colours under the right school shirts that are not their sizes. One can tell that a Good Samaritan probably gave it to them. A child that is seven years old wearing a shirt that was for a 12 year-old will not feel free especially when some of these uniforms bear several patches.”
She said to further deliver good education to children, government should include the provision of free school uniforms in its welfare package for pupils.
Oyemade urged school proprietors to choose cool colours that calm the nerves naturally to improve their concentration in class.
“There are colours that are shocking, that are not friendly for classroom. Take for instance, schools that wear lemon green. The colour of uniform should be subtle; it should be calm and peaceful. Some use colours that don’t match, colours that do not blend, they combine them together and they come out with ridiculous style for the pupils,” she noted.