Chulalongkorn University says students can ditch their uniforms

After mounting online pressure from students, Chulalongkorn University Law School agreed to scrap mandatory student uniforms. Education authorities have hotly debated whether to relax dress rules for students across the country, and this move by the law school at Thailand’s oldest university could help influence policy there. national scale.

A university professor announced the uniform ruling yesterday in a Facebook post saying the mandatory dress code had been rescinded, with all 14 law professors at the faculty agreeing to the repeal. They had signed a letter to the dean saying they would allow their students to drop the uniforms as long as they dressed respectfully in class.

The message explained that giving up uniforms and wearing their clothes would have no negative effect on the class or the curriculum and that students could be free to dress as they wish. The Facebook post called this freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.

The 14 law professors at Chulalongkorn University unanimously agreed that as teachers, they should be able to teach effectively in the classroom, no matter what their students are wearing. They explained that not wearing a uniform should have no effect on a student’s ability to study.

“In summary, the letter says that all faculty agreed that students should be free to dress as they wish, which is a constitutionally guaranteed freedom. As a result, the 14 professors at Chulalongkorn University Law School, including myself, jointly authored the memo allowing undergraduates to wear either uniforms or formal attire to attend lectures.

The change in attitude towards uniforms is particularly significant coming from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s oldest university, founded in 1917, as a uniform sister to the model that other universities adopt when creating their dress codes. for decades.

After just four hours of posting, it had been shared 130 times, with 17 comments and 580 likes, suggesting the movement is quite popular, at least among those active online.

SOURCE: National Information Bureau of Thailand

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