All schools in Wales to make uniforms gender neutral by the start of September
Do you think we should do this in Ireland?
The Welsh government has said that it plans to make all uniforms gender neutral by the start of September.
The new rule will allow students to choose what type of uniform they would like to wear regardless of gender.
The Welsh government’s new uniforms guidance, which was published this week, states that all uniforms across the country should become gender neutral by the start of the new school year.
Part of the reason behind the change is because the government feels like the current separation of uniforms goes against the Equality Act.
According to Pink News Minister for Education Kirsty Williams said;
"We should not be enforcing outdated ideas of what clothes are suitable for their gender, especially if it makes them wear something they feel uncomfortable wearing. This new guidance makes clear that school uniform policies should not dictate items of clothing based on gender."
Some schools in Ireland have already begun to make their uniforms gender neutral but it is not a nationwide rule. Personally, I think having all children in the tracksuit style uniform would also work and not only make things equal but would also save the legs of little girls during the colder months who currently have to wear skirts.