The Uniform Question

Uniform is one attire that gives students a greater sense of belonging, identification and school pride, however, the current generation that fancies fashionable clothes often look at uniform as a burden, but must it be so? By implementing uniform, we eliminate the friction caused by name brands and the classroom distraction brought about by style fads and trends. At Taibah, uniform is one of the greatest valuables. Through this interview, we remind you of core things that could have skipped your mind especially having stayed home for two years.


Student.

What is school uniform comprised of?


Teacher.

Upon joining, we all receive the same number of pieces save for O level students that a receive a necktie. One must have a choice of either two skirts or a pair of trousers and a skirt if they are girls (for the boys, it’s obvious), then two shirts and a sweater. The same student also receives a sports kit.


Student.

Teacher, you have talked about uniform and sports kit, what is worn when?


Teacher.

Thank you for that question. Uniform can be worn any weekday; the difference is only on the sports Kit; its only worn every Wednesday and any given sports day of the term. On the weekends, we are all allowed to dress decently in our casual clothes save for students in day school who MUST either come in uniform or sports kit, the latter being the most recommended.


Student.

Are ornaments allowed on school uniform?


Teacher.

We have one of the best uniforms in Africa, you will not need to add an earing to be smart, besides, students take time deciding on which bracelet matches where, then which earing blends well with the uniform skirt… because we are aware of how tedious and time wasting such a process can be, we decided to eliminate any form of accessories on uniform. Our uniform is enough to make you look elegant and classy.


Student.

I heard that earrings are not allowed at all.


Teacher

You heard well, yes; they are a danger to everyone. If your ears are pricked, keep in the ear pins/ studs. Here, you will not have to worry about someone who may pull the earring either intentionally to hurt you, or even accidentally as you play basketball.


Student.

Is there any rule on school sweaters?


Teacher.

Absolutely yes, where as we have allowed black jackets in the past for students who have medical issues and may need an extra sweater to keep them warm, majority have misused this opportunity, therefore, a new uniform jacket with the school logo will be introduced for students who present medical forms. HOODIES are not allowed on uniform whatsoever the reason!

Student.

I am told that there is a new rule on Sunday wear? What could that be?

Teacher.

Not a rule per say, but just a policy to ensure that our students are smart for Church. We have decided to add it on the requirements list. It’s embracing for one to present themselves to God in push ins and shorts. Therefore, we are requesting parents to buy for our students at least one Sunday best wear including shoes, just that.

Student.

Thank you, teachers, for making it clear, as a new student, I surely won’t fall short of the school standards regarding uniform. I shall also preach to my fellow students and educate them on the need to pride in our school uniform. Can I request you to make final remarks regarding this matter?

Teacher.

I must say it was a pleasure to communicate on this matter of school importance. Once again, I would like to remind our dear students that a school uniform is one of the indicators of discipline, a child who doesn’t value their uniform may as well not value their education! As teachers in charge of uniform, we are ready to curb any vice and have any unform defaulters punished heavily. We also take this opportunity to remind students of the acceptable hair style as communicated by the teacher in charge of discipline. A smart body makes a smart mind. Let’s strive to look smart, appearance says a lot about you.

Its Taibah, Education with a difference.


Written by

Teachers ALICE and ALEX
Teachers in charge of school uniform and students’ smartness
Taibah International School Secondary.






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