First we have the controversy of taking mobile phones to schools (which I never got round to blog about), and now some schools are clamping down on fancy spectacles. Hmm...
In a frontpaged report by Nanyang Siang Pau, two secondary schools in Penang – the Penang Chinese Girls High School and SMJK Heng Ee – have barred students from wearing “peculiar” and colourful spectacles to class.
The ban is apparently to "prevent" students from following ("跟风") the latest trends of some of their hippier classmates, and spending extravagant amounts of money on the fancy frames. The principal of Penang Chinese Girls High School, Yeoh Eng Sim was quoted to have said that "stern action will be taken to put a stop to this before it gets out of hand".
过去以来，戴奇形怪状或抢眼眼镜上学学生大有人在，只是一小撮而已。如今已有越来越多学生“跟风”，所戴的眼镜花样百出。一些学生还戴了镜框全白或粉红眼镜到校，太引人注目了，连我也不能忍受。基于当时学校还没有全面禁止，我们只能见一个，劝一个。”The principal also added that the thick and multicoloured frames is totally unbefitting for a student's image - "完全不符学生形象".
I can understand the disruption that mobile phones can bring to the a student's attentiveness as well as the conduct of classes - but "fancy" spectacles a "major" disciplinary issue? I would have thought that's the business of the parents, not the school. Next, they will regulate what type of school bags designs you can bring to school and possibly the type of stationery (designer pens versus 50 cents ball point pens) etc. etc. etc.
Loosen up! It's no wonder there are those who think that without UUCA, there will be daily riots and demonstrations by students.