The University of Eldoret has cracked the whip on the way its students dress to class after banning what it considers inappropriate dressing.
A memo issued by the university’s dean of students Dr Lelei Kiboi has banned the wearing of miniskirts, skintight dresses, ragged/torn/ripped trousers, tumbo-cut blouses/t-shirts, low-cut blouses/dresses, micro-shorts and transparent dresses, attires showing bra straps or sleeveless t-shirts.
“It has come to our attention that some students are not observing the university dress code as contained in the Rules and Regulations Governing the conduct and Discipline of students. All students are expected to dress in simple, decent, modest and appropriate attire that facilitates an atmosphere conducive for students,” the university said.
The enforcement of the dressing code at the Eldoret based university comes just two weeks after the Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) also issued a similar directive. In a memo dated January 5, 2023, its dean of students Esther Mbaabu said all students are required to comply with the University code of dressing.
“All students are required to wear appropriate attire during study, at meal times in the dining hall, and in all university functions,” she said.
Most affected by the new directive at KEMU are female students who were told to leave their tumbo cuts (tops that expose their belly and naval) at home when they report for the new semester.
Also prohibited will be bare backs and miniskirts (any skirt above the knee line) and a skirt whose slit is above the knee line. Dresses and blouse with necklines running down more than 4 inches, body-tight trousers, and see-through clothes were also been banned.