PPTA backs gender-neutral policies
Calls for boys to be allowed to wear the same jewellery as girls at school has support from the secondary teachers’ union.
Last month, students at Auckland’s Mt Albert Grammar School started a petition demanding the school introduce a ‘‘gender-equal’’ jewellery policy.
The co-ed school, with a roll of more than 2800 students, has a rule that female students are allowed to wear one plain stud on the ear lobe but male students are not allowed to wear any jewellery at all.
PPTA president Jack Boyle said gender-based rules were not helpful.
‘‘We have seen no evidence that earrings or other jewellery affects a child’s quality of learning,’’ Boyle said.
Other schools in Auckland do not have gender-specific rules, simply stating in their uniform rules ‘‘one small stud per ear is permitted’’.
Lynfield College principal Cath Knell said the only jewellery its students were allowed to wear was a pair of plain stud earrings and a wristwatch, which applied to both male and female students.
‘‘We have a gender-neutral policy with regards to uniform so this applies equally to both boys and girls,’’ Knell said.
In May the PPTA also supported a push towards schools where possible having genderneutral uniforms.
Mt Albert Grammar has a policy banning boys but not girls from wearing jewllery.