School Uniform Crisis Essay

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School Uniform Crisis

Following a recent court ruling, schools all over the country are re-assessing the way in which uniform policies are implemented and enforced. Previously it has been widely accepted uniforms in schools create a sense of unity and pride in the school. Indeed one of the purposes of school is to prepare children for the adult world, where a lot of jobs require a dress code. Students also don’t have to waste time deciding what to wear, as punctuality is important in school. When conducting practical lessons such as Design Technology, Science, PE and even going on field trips, school uniforms are practical as they are easy to wash and reasonably cheap to replace when damaged and
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Shabina then asked the Court of Appeal to hear the case on the basis that it raised issues of general importance over the question of dress in multi-cultural schools. The Court of Appeal held,

“that a Muslim girl’s human rights were violated by a school’s insistence on it’s dress code.” (3)

Therefore it awarded Shabina ten thousand pounds in compensation.

Denbigh High School is a one thousand pupil comprehensive school, where almost eighty percent of pupils are Muslim. After consulting Islamic scholars along with the predominantly Muslim board of governors and the pupils themselves the school had specified a uniform particularly suitable for Muslim girls. This was the shalwar kamiz, a tunic and baggy trousers that the other Muslim girls in the school were happy to wear as this hides the feminine form and fits the criteria for dressing modestly. The school had been concerned about stricter styles of Islamic dress, as it would create division amongst the students. Not all Muslim girls want to wear the jilbab and would disapprove of being forced to wear it, as it is very much a personal choice. The school claimed the jilbab was also a health and safety risk as it is very loose and could easily get caught in machinery in the same way as jewellery which must be removed,

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