|Education Mutula Kilonzo shows a model skirt that is just two inches below the knee [Photo:Standard]|
By Standard Digital Reporter
Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo has introduced his model skirt that is just two inches below the knee in a bid to quell the storm over the miniskirt row.
Mutula’s new move unveils a skirt length which appears long enough to sooth the anger of clerics and conservatives, and short enough to appease the teenagers. He chose Rwathia Girls Seconday School to unveil the official skirt length recommended by his ministry.
The Minister proceeded to caution school heads against making changes, including skirt sizes, that affect learners without involving them through their representatives.
Speaking at the launch of a new boardroom on Jogoo House, Mutula explained that the Rwaitha Girls incident resulted from teachers forcefully imposing new uniforms without consulting students.
Quoting article 53 (2), he asserted that “ A child’s best interest are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.”
Mutula said that the Rwathia administration erred in imposing changes without consulting students, and that is why he supported the students.
The Rwathia students who went on strike three weeks ago had complained that their new purple skirts were too long, ugly and not meant for their age.
Following the strike, Mutual spoke in Kericho County saying that institutions should come up with comfortable and modern attires for students. He added that the girls should be allowed to wear modern uniforms not nun-like clothing.
His remarks sparked national debate and outrage from the religious sector with some leaders calling for his resignation.