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Nigerian university orders students to wear uniforms to curb indecent dressing

The management of the Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu State, has banned indecent dressing and implemented a new dress code for students and staff.

This was announced by the university’s Vice Chancellor Christian Anieke, while speaking to staff and students returning from the Christmas and New Year holidays on Tuesday January 10 2023.

According to Aneke, all students should wear their faculty uniforms with appropriate ties and shoes.

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“No student is expected to wear slippers, rugged jeans, coloured hair, long fingers, fez caps or artificial eyelashes,” he directed.

Mr Anieke expressed regret that most students and staff wear t-shirts with unauthorised inscriptions, in violation of the school’s dress code, and ordered male students to properly comb or shave their hair.

The vice-chancellor revealed that the university’s management had implemented qualitative assessments of all teaching and non-teaching staff.

“Principal officers of the institutions will henceforth visit the lecture halls to assess the lectures by the academic staff while the non-teaching staff will submit their roll calls at the beginning and closing of each day’s activities,” Mr Anieke explained.

“Students who fail to attend lectures will not be allowed to sit for examinations.”


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This is not the first time a Nigerian university would be implementing a directive towards enhancing decent dressing on campus.

Recall that The government of Anambra state, under Prof. Charles Soludo, has banned the wearing of miniskirts as a school uniform in all schools in the state.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, in Awka on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

According to the commissioner, the announcement of the ban became necessary as schools resume on Monday.

She said the ban had been communicated to Education Secretaries of public and private schools in the state.

The commissioner condemned the growing trend of wearing miniskirts as school uniforms and said it was morally wrong and unacceptable in children of school age.

“A student should look smart, well-groomed, project positive vibes, and not be indecently dressed for school.

“The acceptable length for uniforms in the state remains knee length and not above the knee, which is fast becoming the fashion trend in schools,’’ she noted.

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