Valayanchirangara LP, a 104-year-old government primary school in Ernakulam district of Kerala is quite unique, besides the reason it is in the news these days. An all-woman team of teachers and staff run the school. And now, the school has broken a stereotype by introducing gender-neutral uniform comprising of short pants and shirts.
Earlier the girls in this school wore a skirt and a top as a uniform, which came in the way of the girls participating in sports and even slowed them down at times. The school's headmistress, C Raji, and staff decided to bring a change even though it was a task and took them a while to convince everyone.
Once the recommendation was made to the executive committee, it took them many deliberations to finally implement the new uniform. The school ran a trial run by introducing the uniform in kindergarten and nursery last year. This academic year, the unisex uniform i.e. knee-length shorts and shirt has been extended to the girls of all classes i.e. kindergarten till 4.
Surprisingly, the parents were very welcoming of this change and helped ease the process. The school even saw 40 new admissions in the current session despite several private CBSE schools in the area, as Raji informs.
When asked how the girls have been reacting to this change, she smiles, “They were most excited about the pockets in their new shorts.” Valayanchirangara LP may be a century-old school but it is definitely progressive in nature!