Uniform breach floors parents
MOUNT Morgan single mother Amanda Fay said she barely had enough money to buy shoes for her nine children.
So she was devastated when she and the parents of about 50 other students at Mt Morgan State High School were called to rectify their children's “uniform breaches”.
Almost one-third of the school's student population was found in breach of uniform policy when teachers performed a uniform check.
Ms Fay and seven other parents and carers said their children were sent home for wearing the wrong-coloured jumpers or black shorts with a brand name on them.
Ms Fay said she was asked to buy her children the correct school jumper, which she described as “plain maroon, with no school logo” and “too thin to wear in winter”.
“Between food and everything else, I don't have the money to buy $37 jumpers,” she said.
But Education Queensland's CQ regional director Wayne Butler said although students were found wearing the wrong uniform, none were sent home.
He said parents were contacted and asked to go to the school to “rectify their child's uniform breach”.
Mr Butler said those who could not have their uniforms fixed by parents on that day were given “green slips” for uniform infringement and stayed at school.
Mother Donna Anderson already has 70 signatures on a petition against the uniform policy.
“There's lots of socio-economic issues up here and a lot of people just can't afford the right uniform,” she said.
“They're taking away their education over uniforms.”