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SATURDAY TELEGRAPH

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Images at YABATECH depicting approved and prohibited wears

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photo: NGOZI OGBOLU

Dress code pamphlet of UNILORIN photo: NGOZI OGBOLU

Students of UNILAG

photo: NGOZI OGBOLU

Some University of Port-Harcourt student photo: NGOZI OGBOLU

he said. He, however, added that such punishments have not deterred those in such despicable act. “It does not go down well with some students in spite of its good intentions. Yet, aggrieved students have no choice but to comply with the rules and regulations,” Johnson said. In spite of Johnson’s observation, an anonymous student told this reporter that dress code is just a way to restrict the freedom of students. Though, higher institutions are designed to offer academic literacy, it should also be a platform, according to many, for moral training. Every tertiary institution is supposed to train students in character and learning. Thus, only students proven to be successful in both aspects are legible to be awarded their degrees. Today, however, wearing of skimpy

Another set of UNILAG student photo: NGOZI OGBOLU

Some students saw it as a backward tradition that is not in accord with modern fashion trend

clothes, fitted, strapless, short blouses and sagging of trousers - “low waist” or “ass down,” by boys and even girls; cleavages and sleeveless shirts, known as “spaghetti or off-shoulder,” have remained a major moral problem in tertiary institutions. Apart from the skimpy and tight-fitting nature of these dresses, they are transparent; revealing certain parts of the bodies that under normal dressing patterns ought to be hidden away from public glare. Many believe that one is addressed the way one dresses. In many societies, dressing decently enables one to gain respect from people, lecturers, fellow students and even in the entire academic community. There are also those who are of the opinion that it is a proactive measure that is capable of reducing some prevalent societal problems such as rape and other forms of sexual assaults. A lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Iniobong Samuel, told Saturday Telegraph that the word tertiary means grown up stage, and as such there should be no point creating any mode of dressing for students by any institution’s management. Rather, the schools, according to him, should give students proper orientation that should redirect their attention to know that they are in school to learn and not in runways. “That should be the ideal thing to do instead of violating their right by sending them home for improper dressing,” Samuel said. Indecent dressing, which is a social malady, cuts across many countries of the world and male students are not left out. Many innocent students have, over time, been arrested along with suspected armed robbers just because of the way they dressed. “I see no reason why a child from good home should relax his hair or keep dreadlocks and pierce his ears all in the name of fashion,” one observer noted.

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