School uniform plan criticised

editorial image
Ms Ann Middleton principal Ardee Educate Together school has criticised the lack of consultation with people on the ground regarding the proposal to reduce the cost of school uniforms.

Ms Ann Middleton principal Ardee Educate Together school has criticised the lack of consultation with people on the ground regarding the proposal to reduce the cost of school uniforms.

“Ardee Educate Together has already previously sent out a questionnaire to parents on this issue. Parents can buy school uniforms from a source of their choice.

“The department is saying parents can buy uniforms anywhere with no crest.

“But the problem with that suggestion is that it is not practical.

“If you have 10 schools at a function, all wearing uniforms of the same colour then how can you keep track of people.

“Uniforms are not just practical and egalitarian, they are also about safety. You do need to talk to people who work in schools.”

Labour senator Mary Moran has welcomed an opportunity for parents in Louth to have their say in the new initiative outlined by Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn. A questionnaire will be circulated to all primary and secondary schools. There will be a ballot among parents, to help decide the type of uniform - if any - they want for the 2014/15 school year.

“I have every confidence this new initiative will offer practical help on driving down cost of sending children to school,” senator Moran said.