Students of Niger Delta University (NDU) protested against the move by the university management to introduce school uniforms in the institution. On the 6th of July, 2021, 20,000 students from the institution engaged in a peaceful demonstration to express their disapproval.
The students believe it was a form of degrading their level to that of lower educational institutions – primary and secondary schools.
The aggrieved students also lamented over the cost of the uniforms. They disclosed that it was too expensive.
A source revealed to DailyTrust that students of engineering faculty are required to pay a sum of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30,000) for the uniform; while students of other faculties are to pay Twenty Thousand Naira (N20000).
According to the report by Daily Trust, the school administration had to propose the “mandatory school uniforms” law to prevent frequent cult attacks in the institution. It disclosed that hoodlums used to gain access into the school environs, pretending to be students, and kill their cult rivals.
The management of Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State, also stated that indecent dressing by female students is also part of the reason why they planned on making school uniforms compulsory.
A critical look into the reasons given by the authorities of Niger Delta University, NDU, one is compelled to agree that introducing school uniforms for University students comes with the following benefits;
- It will improve security in our institutions. Cultists would not have free access to the school premises to perpetrate heinous and gruesome crimes.
Female students who dress inappropriately will be made to dress decent. Since, the uniforms would be designed by the school authorities.
For these reasons, I believe Universities should introduce the law in their institutions in order to further instill discipline and security in their school.