Standard uniform for pupils pushed

A CEBU City councilor is pushing for the establishment of a standard school uniform for the close to 70 public elementary schools in the city.

Sangguniang Kabataan Federation local chapter president and ex-officio City Council member Jessica Resch has filed a proposed ordinance that will set a standard uniform design for all public elementary schools in the city.

The draft legislation covers all public elementary students from kindergarten to Grade 6.

Resch, who sits as chairperson of the committee on youth, has observed that schools in the city have various school uniform designs.

“School uniforms should reflect respect for the school as an institution for learning and not be a cause for discrimination, particularly for students belonging to a lower socio-economic status,” Resch said.

Under the measure, male students must wear a white short-sleeved polo along with a pair of knee-length shorts.

The shirt must have a pocket on the right side of the chest area, which will bear the logo of the Department of Education (DepEd).

Female students, on the other hand, will wear a white short-sleeved blouse along with a necktie bearing DepEd’s logo. It will be paired with a knee-length skirt.

The City Council has referred Resch’s draft legislation to the committee on laws for review.

Earlier, Mayor Edgardo Labella said P500 million has been allocated for the City Government’s education program under the 2020 annual budget.

Of the amount, some P350 million will cover the expenses for the school supplies, uniforms and shoes that will be distributed to around 190,000 public kindergarten to Grade 6 pupils in the coming school year.

The design of the proposed school uniform is displayed at the mayor’s office and is now subject for bidding. (JJL)