Wearing The Pants: State Amends NSW School Uniform Policy

Girls attending public schools across NSW will have the option to wear pants or shorts instead of skirts to school under new plans announced today by the State Government.

The new policy was announced today by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes, who attended a Sydney school to make the announcement. 

The decision was a practical one aimed to simplify the previous 24 page policy and make it easier for parents to dress their kids for school, according to the Premier.

“Back when I was in public school, there was no option. The new modern makeover makes uniforms practical and comfortable for students, with affordability for parents front and centre,” Berejiklian said.

Glads Berejiklian today visited a Sydney school to make the announcement. Photo from @gladysb

It’s hoped the decision will take financial pressure off parents of school children, Stokes also noted.  

“It is important to remember that families need to have access to the most affordable uniforms possible,” he said.

Stokes said that the new policy would be popular with schools, students and parents, having been cut down to two pages from the previous 24 page document.

“The new clear and concise policy that comes into effect this term is just two pages. Parents asked for a better policy and I am proud to provide one,” Stokes said.

Glady Berejiklian greeting local school children after making the announcement. Photo from @gladysb

“This policy is about common sense and about having a flexible string to ensure girls are comfortable and can be treated equally.”

Under the policy schools will be required to give parents at least three years’ notice before introducing changes to certain uniform items.

“Most families buy items to last several years, so we have changed the notification period to three years on costly apparel, so parents aren’t caught out having to re-purchase expensive items such as blazers,” Stokes said.

The opposition leader Luke Foley said the policy was “a sensible change” and that he would encourage non-government schools to follow the same lead.