Kenya Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo Unveils Model Skirt
Kenya Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo has introduced his model skirt that is just two inches below the knee in a bid to quell the storm over the miniskirt row.
Mutula’s new move unveils a skirt length which appears long enough to sooth the anger of clerics and conservatives, and short enough to appease the teenagers. He chose Rwathia Girls Seconday School to unveil the official skirt length recommended by his ministry.
The Minister proceeded to caution school heads against making changes, including skirt sizes, that affect learners without involving them through their representatives.
Speaking at the launch of a new boardroom on Jogoo House, Mutula explained that the Rwaitha Girls incident resulted from teachers forcefully imposing new uniforms without consulting students.
Quoting article 53 (2), he asserted that “ A child’s best interest are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.”
Mutula said that the Rwathia administration erred in imposing changes without consulting students, and that is why he supported the students.
The Rwathia students who went on strike three weeks ago had complained that their new purple skirts were too long, ugly and not meant for their age.
Following the strike, Mutual spoke in Kericho County saying that institutions should come up with comfortable and modern attires for students. He added that the girls should be allowed to wear modern uniforms not nun-like clothing.
His remarks sparked national debate and outrage from the religious sector with some leaders calling for his resignation.
Source: The standard
In my time in the 70- 80s in a Christian school, most of us wore skirts above the knee. There was never a discussion about the length of the skirts we wore. Some of the girls wore longer skirts according to taste and believe.
All this talk about mini skirts is disrupting Our Education minister from performing his job. Mr kilonzo is doing a good job compared to many other ministers. The churches should shut up. The slander they have caused in the society in the course of years is bigger than mini skirts.
The Minister should concentrate on his job. His job is not to decide the length of skirts...that's better left to parents and teachers. I think it is beneath a minister to be embroiled in skirt length issues. Aren't there other weighty issues worth his time and effort?