Should girls have to prove their metal capacity before being able to wear shorts or trousers? One school certainly thinks so.
James Harvest College is currently reviewing its uniform policy, according to an article printed on Sunday.
In the meantime girls wanting to wear the “boy’s shorts or pants” need to first discuss their clothing choices with the school’s guidance counsellor.
Principal Andy Wood justified the policy by claiming that he was only concerned for the girls’ welfare.
Although he declined to give examples, Wood wanted the girls to be aware of the “possible reaction” by other students.
Following the announcement, other schools are reportedly considering similar policies.
Our Herald contacted staff from other schools around the country, to ask them whether they felt female students needed to be assessed by an adult before wearing clothing that wasn’t a skirt or dress.
Many respondents supported the policy. However, none of them agreed to be named.
“It doesn’t look very feminine, does it?” one man from a school in Auckland said.
“Skirts and dresses are far more ladylike than shorts or trousers,” said another man from a school in Southland.
“Boys and girls are different, and should dress accordingly,” a man from Wellington stated.
“What next? Boys wanting to wear kilts?” asked a man from Canterbury.
All the schools who responded in support were either private or semi-private schools, often with an element of religious background or association.
Representatives from the public schools we approached mostly declined to comment.
However, several said they would trust their female students to be capable of making their own clothing choices without adult assistance, as long as it was within the boundaries of the existing uniform options.