All Queensland school girls will have the choice to wear shorts or pants at state schools from next year following an overhaul of uniform policy.
State Education Minister Grace Grace on Sunday repeated an announcement initially made in March that uniforms would be brought into the modern age.
“We know around 60 per cent of state schools are already offering these uniform options for girls, but we found that some schools had not updated their student dress codes in many years,” she said on Sunday.
Yay! I was lucky to have shorts introduced for the girls’ uniform at my Qld high school back in 92. I hated wearing skirts. https://t.co/AkKepj8JUr
— Justine (@justinehott) July 15, 2018
“Girls should be able to engage in active play and classroom activities or ride their bikes to and from school without being restricted by what they’re wearing.”
It will be up to schools to decide what design, colour or style of uniforms will be offered to students, Ms Grace added.
Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington supports the move but says it should not take until next year for schools to make pants or shorts available to girls.
“Girls should be able to run and jump and play around our school grounds just like boys can,” she said.
“Girls have been doing this for years if not generations, I don’t know what the big delay is.”