As dengue tightens its grip over the national capital, schools have slackened their rules in regard to uniforms for students. With the city reporting over 1,400 dengue cases and four deaths due to the vector-borne disease, schools are eager to ensure that children do not suffer from mosquito bites and “cover themselves fully”.
Several private schools in the city have issued circulars, asking children to wear full-sleeve shirts and trousers while the MCD has also said that students in institutions run by it should cover themselves fully. “We have asked the students to wear full-sleeves clothes.
But we should also keep in mind that most of the children who come to our schools are from economically weaker section. So they should be allowed to wear any dress which helps them to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said Subhash Arya, leader of MCD House.
Mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney has urged M Nagpal, Chairman of MCD Education Committee, to ensure that schools run by the civic do not give “much insistence” on wearing uniforms.