Australia Girls set to wear the pants at Victorian state schools

04:35  13 september  2017
04:35  13 september  2017 Source:

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Girls are set to win the right to wear shorts and pants at every Victorian state school . In a victory for parents who have long complained about girls being forced to wear restrictive dresses and skirts

The Victorian government is set to enable girls attending state schools with the right to choose the uniform they wear . Cariss told The Age that she believes not allowing girls the option to wear pants and trousers reinforces gender stereotypes.

Girls will no longer be forced to wear dresses and skirts at Victorian state schools under changes being made by the government.

Education Minister James Merlino today said the alterations to uniform rules make "common sense" and was a “relatively minor change.”

"It ensures that our expectation is that every school does provide the option of shorts and pants for girls," Mr Merlino told 3AW this morning.

He earlier told The Age he is weighing up how to implement the rules, which could be enforced by changes to school guidelines or a notice sent to all state schools.

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Victoria 's Education Minister has committed to introducing new rules that would enforce all state schools to allow girls the choice between skirts, dresses, trousers and "The vast majority of schools provide the option of wearing pants or shorts for female students, but some don't," he explained.

Girls at all Victoria state schools will no longer be forced to wear dresses and skirts, and instead will be given the choice of shorts or pants as well (file photo).

Whether or not private schools would need to adhere to the rule has not been outlined.

It comes after a Western Australian schoolgirl won the right to wear shorts instead of skirts after penning a letter to the WA education department.

Sophia Myhre, 11, told 9NEWS on Sunday that it “wasn’t fair” her brothers were allowed on wear pants and she wasn’t.

The Year Six student met with the state education minister, Sue Ellery, who agreed to alter the state’s dress codes.

"I really love kicking the footy, netball, and doing handstands at recess. It's annoying doing these things in a skirt,” Sophia said,

"I think it's great that she's decided to change the policy and now me and my friends can play sport more freely.”

The push has been boosted by Girls’ Uniform Agenda, made up of Australian parents campaigning for girls to have the choice.

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