President Ghani rejects new uniform for schoolgirls
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday rejected a new uniform for schoolgirls that was recently proposed by the Ministry of Education (MoE), saying the dress does not conform to the Afghan culture and tradition.
In line with MoE proposal, primary school students will wear blue and secondary and high schoolgirls steel color uniforms. Headscarves for schoolgirls will remain be white, according to the ministry’s plan.
However, the MoE proposal drew strong oppositions from a large number of Facebook users. Subsequently, the president also rejected the uniform and directed the ministry to consult parents on the issue..
Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy spokesman for Ghani, wrote on his Facebook account that the president had rejected the new uniform as it did not conform to Afghanistan’s culture and traditions.
No plans were implementable if they did not take into consideration people’s economic situation, Murtazavi quoted the president as saying. Ghani ordered the ministry to work on a new uniform in consultation with students, parents and teachers.
On the other hand, MoE spokesman, Mujib Mehrdad, said the ministry had only talked about the change of the uniform. No decision had been taken on specific colors so far, he added.
Students could still use their previous uniforms as the time for the new academic year was short, the spokesman explained.
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