Indian education has for long faced flak for being faulty, regressive and counter-productive. To make matters worse, a private school in Kerala introduced two different uniforms for students based on their academic skills.
With the unrealistic pressure to excel, this school in Kerala’s Malappuram district, Al Farooque English medium school in Pandikkad, has imposed this discriminatory dress code with hopes of churning out what they call ‘healthy competition’ among the students.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the bizarre rule makes smart kids wear white, while average and under-performing students wear red check shirts and tops.
The school authorities believe, this ‘unique’ system will help students improve their performance and hence will secure higher grades in examinations through out the year.
While the school introduced the policy with an intention to improve performance, parents are extremely disappointed.
“We were told the average students will yearn for white and work hard but we find it too discriminatory,”a mother of a student told the daily.
Parents expressed concern over the metal agony that the children are put through.
The principal was not “bothered about the psychological problem it triggered,” Childline district co-ordinator Anwar Karakadan told HT.
After facing backlash, a spokesperson of the Al Farooque group has assured that the new uniform rule will be discontinued immediately and action will be taken against the principal.
Uniforms were made to treat students as equals no matter how weak or smart one is, this Kerala school seems to have completely missed the plot.
Around 900 students are at present studying in Al Farooque English medium school.