Kerala’s Malappuram district has created a much bigger buzz after a private educational institute namely Al Farooque English medium school in Pandikkad, introduced two different uniforms for students in terms of their intelligence quotient and academic skills. According to the organization, this new unique system will help students improve their performance and hence will secure higher grades in examinations through out the year.
While academically sharp students were given white shirts and tops, average and underperforming students were directed to wear red check shirts and tops. All the students were advised to follow the same in the new academic session which started back in June.
Though the decision has been taken to trigger a healthy competition among students, many parents have found it discriminatory. They have further knocked a child welfare body after their protest was ignored by the school management body. The Childline officials have also found the process highly discriminatory which will raise mental agony of the students.
"We were told the average students will yearn for white and work hard but we find it too discriminatory," a mother was quoted while talking about the same.
"When we asked the school principal he came out with a weird explanation that it will create a healthy competition and help students. He was not bothered about the psychological problem it triggered," Childline district coordinator Anwar Karakadan stated about the matter.
However, a spokesman of the Al Farooque group has further promised to discontinue the new uniform immediately and take action against the principal. The decision came after the state education department has sought a report from the district education officer regarding the same. Around 900 students are at present studying in Al Farooque English medium school and the mental health of these young minds cannot be ignored like this.