The OBA’s Shadow Minister of Education, Dr. Grant Gibbons has expressed concerns that because of Bermuda’s “deteriorating economy and job losses, some parents of school-age children are having a particularly hard time out-fitting them for school this year.”
Dr. Gibbons said, “Having heard from parents and constituents, as well as my colleagues in the One Bermuda Alliance, I would like to suggest that the Minister and the Department of Education give some thought to temporarily easing the uniform requirements. For example, instead of requiring expensive items like blazers, regulation sweaters could suffice as an alternative.
“I know schools like to make sure their students present a uniform and disciplined appearance, and I certainly approve most of the time. However, after three years of a depressed economy and increasing unemployment with no recovery in sight, there seems to be a good and special reason to show some flexibility this year.
“We hope the schools will be able to tighten uniform requirements back up again next year, should the economy begin to stabilize.
“I understand that some PTAs and charitable organizations have also organized recycling and exchange programmmes for second-hand school uniforms and we applaud their efforts in giving parents less expensive options and a helping hand.”
Update: For anyone wishing to make a contribution to assist parents, there is an article here on the “Each One Reach One Back To School” programme being run by Gina Spence which provides information on how to help.
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