Taipei, Starting from the new school semester in September, male students in New Taipei's Banqiao Senior High School will be allowed to wear skirts to school, in a move to promote gender equality, the school authorities said Monday.
Lin Sanwei the high school's student affairs division head, said the school authorities decided last month to scrap a regulation regarding students' dress code, which originally stipulated that male students can only wear pants to school.
Scrapping the rule means that male students will be allowed to wear skirts to school should they choose to, without facing punishment, he noted.
Female students can continue to wear either skirts or pants to school.
Lin said the decision was made not to encourage male students to wear skirts but to create a genderequal campus and to show more respect to students' choices.
Both the Banqiao Senior High School and the Ministry of Education (MOE) said the high school could be the first in Taiwan to allow male students to wear skirts on campus.
Other amendments include that female students are now free to choose the color of the skirts or pants they wear, as long as they are selfcolored.
The original rule stipulates that only blue or black shirts and pants are allowed.
The high school's decision came two months after it held a weeklong studentinitiated men wearing skirt event this May during the 73rd anniversary of the school's founding with the aim to break gender stereotypes and underline the personal freedom of choice.
The studentled initiative in May was supported by President Tsai Ingwen
Asked to comment, Cheng Naiwen director of the MOE's Department of Student Affairs and Special Education, said the ministry welcomes the high school's decision to break gender stereotypes.
According to the relevant regulations, school authorities are allowed to make changes in dress code and hair policies as long as they have consulted students and parent representatives and adhered to democratic procedures.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel