VIJAYAWADA: The blue-skirt-white-shirt combination is all set to bite the dust. Girls of government schools will sport the modest salwar kameez from the new academic year (2017-18), Education Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao has decided.
Students from Class VI to SSC will be subjected to this sartorial makeover crafted by the education department taking into consideration the years of “problems” students have faced thanks to the western skirt.
The colour of the uniform has not yet been decided, but the powers that be are clear — nothing screams enlightenment like the conservative Punjabi outfit.
Students are expected to receive new sets of the uniform by August this year.
Sarva Siksha Abhiyan state project director G Srinivas will head the fashion police and ensure that the switch over from skirts to slawars does not fall apart at the seams.
The buzz in official circles is that the kameez might be white or light blue and the bottom and dupatta navy blue.
Speaking to mediapersons and MLCs elected from teachers’ constituencies on Wednesday, Education Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that the decision to do away with shirts and skirts was taken in view of the “problems” faced by girl students.
“The new uniform design will make them feel comfortable and secure, as it covers their whole body completely,” he said.