Morcha eases kids’ dress code

The Telegraph

Darjeeling, Sept. 18: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today clarified that students need not wear traditional dresses during school hours.

There had been much confusion over the dress code for school students, with the Morcha earlier maintaining that children above 13 would have to wear the traditional dress for a month starting from October 7.

Some schools had asked the students to sport traditional dresses. Till a few days ago, even Morcha leaders were saying those in classes above Standard X should wear traditional dresses even on campus.

Binay Tamang, the media and publicity secretary of the Morcha, however, clarified the party’s stand today. “There should not be any confusion. Students can attend schools in their respective uniforms. However, those students who are above 13 years old have to wear traditional dress during non-school hours.”

This means that college goers will have to wear traditional dresses while attending their classes. While many of them have already started sporting Nepali caps, others are looking at coming up with designer traditional dresses that could look fashionable.

Many school students are also wearing the Nepali caps along with their uniforms. “We are allowing the students to wear the Nepali caps even though it is not part of the uniform. It is the tradition that has to be respected,” said a school principal.

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