Minister of Education Ronald Jones is urging students at tertiary institutions to cover their buttocks.
Speaking this morning during the presentation of library equipment to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic under the Skills for the Future Programme, Jones voiced his dissatisfaction with students who wear their trousers in a manner that exposes the bottoms.
He made it clear he was sending a message to the leaders of tertiary institutions to impress upon students that they must dress appropriately or “do not come.”
He said while students at these institutions do not wear traditional school uniforms, their pants should not reveal their “crack”.
“Leave that for the Jamaican ackee. You can only eat that if it cracks open and it is ripe,” Jones said. “But you should not be coming to these institutions with your crack exposed. Nobody wants to see what you hang up on your line on the weekend.”
“I am not interested in it, neither does the chairman, nor your tutors. So come with your pants up, . . . your crack hidden and respect yourself,” a fiery Jones stressed.
Saying that a learning institution creates a notion of pride and dignity, Jones pointed out that when he arrived at the Polytechnic this morning, he saw some students with their trousers below their waist, and were being warned by guards to follow the dress code.
“Tell them wear their trousers up. This place is not a place for disgusting, half-baked fools. It is a place of learning. Come here prepared to learn. And the first thing you learn is before you leave home, look descent and tidy. Scrub your teeth. Have a bath. Smell good, look good, feel good and learn well,” Jones said.
The outspoken minister said adults must send a message to the youth that they must dress well and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. “This ragamuffin, don’t care, pants below your knee so you can’t straighten up, no,” he said.
“Not in an institution of learning. If your parents want to encourage that because you are the bosses of the house, do that in your house. Not in the institutions that the people of Barbados have to pay for. They demand better,” he added.
Jones stressed that a society which drags itself down never recovers. He opined that there was too much dragging down in the country when we should be illuminating ourselves and by extension, the country.
“So this raggytag, Rumpelstiltskin should stop,” he said. (AH)