Kenyan Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo has directed all school heads in the country to allow school girls wear miniskirts.
The unexpected move comes after Rwathia Girls High School in Murang’a County went on strike last week, demanding that the school administration allows them to wear miniskirts. The girls complained the uniform which was newly introduced was ugly and the skirts were too long which according to them was an old fashion style.
Kilonzo agreed saying the reaction was a manifestation that the education sector was still being governed by outdated rules and regulations. “I am in total agreement with them (students). Why do you dress a schoolgirl like a nun? These girls do not want to be nuns; they want to be modern like Mutula!” said Kilonzo.
On Monday last week, learning at Rwathia Girls Secondary School in Kangema district was disrupted after students went on strike demanding to wear miniskirts. Kilonzo said that the ministry was in the process of changing the Education Act that has been in force since 1968.
The minister who spoke at Chelilis Girls High School, in Bureti during the District Education Day however cautioned students not to resort to strikes whenever they need issues affecting them to be addressed.
“We will make smart uniforms but if you do not like the uniform do not break the windows or someone’s legs; talk to us we will look into it,” said the minister.