A number of schools in the UK have banned skirts altogether for the new term this month and have insisted that girls wear trousers. In others, letters have been sent to parents to say that the current fashion for wearing skirts as short and tight as possible is causing problems in school and that teachers having to deal with the issues is distracting from teaching. The Guardianthis week reported that at Kinross High School in Perthshire, some parents received a ‘stinging’ note telling them:
‘The length of your daughter’s skirt is such that she spends a great deal of time pulling it down. It detracts her attention from the learning process.’
And just last week a Scottish head teacher, Robert Kelly, caused outrage by suggesting that short skirts were encouraging ‘inappropriate thoughts’ among boys. Kelly referred to a recent anti-rape advert in his statement, which caused anger with Rape Crisis Scotland, who said that his comments sent the wrong message to teenage girls. Eileen Maitland, of RCS, said that:
The retailer has been ‘trialling’ the new range of uniforms in response to customer demand, a spokesman for the company said, adding that the range had not been advertised in mainstream media and had been introduced ‘quietly.’ The range includes school trousers and blazers for four-year-olds with waistbands of 23 inches – the size that would normally be found on a garment for an eight-year-old, according to the store’s sizing guide. Girls’ clothes in a size equivalent to an adult size 18 (UK sizing, US size 14) are also being stocked.
Sales of the ‘Plus Fit Range’ are said to have been overwhelming since the launch of the range at the end of last month. With one …