The cliché ‘my dress is my choice’ does not have a place at Moi University anymore

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The university in Uasin Gishu county, North Rift Kenya has this week joined institutions of higher learning that have enforced strict dress codes to encourage decency among learners.

Starting Tuesday, February 6, the university management strictly banned its students from wearing revealing clothes such as miniskirts, skin-tight trousers, rugged or ripped jeans, tumbo-cut blouses or t-shirts, and low-cut blouses or dresses.

Other attires that have been banned include sagging trousers, clothing that reveals the chest or cleavage, slippers, crocs, micro shorts, and transparent dresses or attires that show bra straps or sleeveless t-shirts and t-shirts with obscene writing.

The ban is not new in the country because other universities have already done the same. Among the universities that have already banned indecent dressing include, MKU, Kabarak, University of Eldoret, and Masinde Muliro among others.
And like it happened with the other institutions, the community around the university has hailed the bold move.
On Tuesday, the university announced a revised set of rules contained in its Constitution commonly referred to as the rules and regulations governing student life at the institution.

In the internal memo displayed all over the institution’s premises, the administration gave details of the strict dress code for students while within the premises of the university and hostels within the university.

“I wish to bring to your attention Article 3.1.1 a, c, d, and e of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Conduct & Discipline of Students. The students are expected to dress decently in modest and appropriate attire. Lately we have observed and noted with concern the indecent dressing by some of you,” part of the memo read in parts.

The university’s Dean of Students Dr Alice Mutai, stressed in the memo that it will not entertain learners wearing revealing clothes.

Dr Mutai told Nation.Africa that the memo was not a new thing, but a step to reinforce the law on dress code as contained in the policy and rules governing the institution, and every student who joins the university is supplied with the rules.

“There is nothing new that we have done. We are only emphasizing the rules that have been existing in school through a revised seventh edition of articles governing our university,” Dr Mutai told Daily Nation at the main campus on Thursday.
Dr Mutai warned students against violating the directive saying it was not a negotiable matter, since it is contained in the rules governing the university.

The university management’s move has been hailed by a section of students led by University Student Union Secretary General Cornelius Kipkoech.

“The move is overdue. Some students have been walking around the university half-naked. This behavior has caused some of us to lack concentration in class, especially when female students come to class exposing their bodies and wearing revealing clothes,” he said.

Cornelius said the directive would restore sanity among students and redeem the image of the university to employers interested in hiring graduates with morality.

He urged his fellow students to comply and take it positively saying it is meant for their good.

“Comrades should not take the directive as a punishment but a positive move meant for their good. Those who are not happy will persevere while within the university compound, they will have the freedom to choose what to wear once out of the institution. Then they can even walk naked if they wish,” said Mr Kipkoech.

Similar sentiments were shared by female students who said provocative attire by their colleagues has been contributing to cases of sexual offenses at the university, and some of them can be attributed to the recent spike of femicide cases in the country.

“As ladies, we should not tempt men by wearing suggestive clothes. Some of these attires have contributed to rape cases among students in this university as well as contributed to the recent surge in femicide cases in the country at large,” claimed a female student who spoke to Nation.Africa at the university.

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