Minister of Education Ronald Jones has weighed in on the debate over a dress code for adults doing business at the island’s schools.
Jones has come out in support of the recommendation, insisting that a dress code similar to the one in place at the courts should be instituted at the schools.
Speaking to the media today during a tour of New Horizons Academy the minister stressed that the school system must demand respect from parents and guardians and must not allow them onto the compound unless they are dressed appropriately.
“If you come in the shortest shorts, your chest in exposed and falling out from the top of your neck to the top of your buttocks is revealed the students peers will have a perspective on that which most times, if not all times, will be negative. ‘Look how you mother turn up here’. That places pressure on that child.
“School is a place of business. You are not going to go into the courts of Barbados unless you are appropriately dressed. I can’t go in the courts of Barbados with a shirttail. I have to go in with a shirt jack, suit, I have to go in appropriately dressed,” he declared.
Jones noted that while the Education and Public Service Acts address the issue of a dress code for teachers, parents and guardians must also be made to dress properly.
He also touched on the issue of respect for security guards at the schools who he said many parents ignore when they visit the learning institutions. This, he warned, must not be allowed to continue.
“We will allow parents to come where their children are; we are not shutting them out because they are important connections between home and school. [But] not to barge through the gate [and] head to a classroom. Classrooms are off limits.”