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Miniskirts and Sagging Banned at Sigala National Polytechnic

  • May 22, 2024
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Miniskirts and Sagging Banned at Sigala National Polytechnic

Sigalagala National Polytechnic, established in 1950 on a 33-acre site along the Sheywe Kisumu-Kakamega road in Kakamega County, has seen significant growth since its inception. Originally enrolling just 120 students, the institution now serves over 1,951 students. It offers quality education in various health-related courses, including community health assistance, health records and information, nutrition, and dietetics, particularly catering to learners who did not achieve the grades necessary for university admission.

In a recent press release, Principal Mr. Evans Bosire announced new dress code rules that have stirred considerable controversy. Effective from Thursday, May 23, 2024, the institution will enforce a strict dress code for students.

The new rules prohibit the following:

  1.  For women: miniskirts, crop tops (popularly known as “tumbocuts”), off-shoulder tops, caps, hats, transparent bras, and dresses.
  2. For men: sagging trousers, dreadlocks, colored hair, earrings, shorts during classes, and ripped vests.

The institution’s memo stated, “Students are encouraged to dress decently and comfortably.”

The announcement has sparked diverse reactions among students, not only at Sigalagala but also at other institutions such as Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS), Moi University, Kabarak University, University of Eldoret, and Masinde Muliro University.

The debate centers on whether students should have the freedom of “my dress, my choice” or if such regulations are necessary to instill ethical behavior and prepare students for the job market. Advocates of the dress code argue that it promotes professionalism and discipline, which are essential for future employment. Critics, however, view the restrictions as an infringement on personal freedom and self-expression.

What is your take on this issue? Do you believe that enforcing such a dress code is beneficial for students’ professional development, or do you think it undermines their autonomy and individuality? The debate continues, reflecting broader societal discussions on dress codes and personal freedom in educational settings.

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