By ALAL K’Alal
Indecent appearance has come to characterize the dress pattern of many students on the campuses of higher learning in Kenya. There is hardly any higher institution of learning in this country that is not faced with this nauseating problem.
The way students on these campuses of learning particularly, the female ones, dress seductively leaves much to be desired. What the ladies call skirts are just “one inch” longer than their inner dresses. When they put on such dresses, they struggle to sit down, find difficulty in climbing motor bikes as well as pick anything from the ground.
Although, there are no universally acceptable way or ways of dressing, dresses are meant to serve some definable purposes, country or region notwithstanding. Apart from dresses being a means for cultural identity, they are for ornamental or aesthetic purposes, for protection of the body against harsh weather conditions as well as for covering the intimate parts of the body.
Students of Moi University are not an exception; there is a serious concern on the manner in which students dress. The way we dress should serve a purpose and show professionalism. But as important as these purposes are, they have been defeated by the generation of Kenyan youths, and especially the University students.
In this campus, I have seen teachers dress like they are going for a beauty contests; journalists dress like they are going for a drinking spree and entrepreneurs as if they were to attend wedding parties. Some modes of dressing do not only view our personality in bad light but are also a justification of the moral decadence that University students have been associated with.
Indecent dressing even though is not accepted as the normality, is seen to be gaining ascendancy. One then wonders what becomes of the society tomorrow with the caliber of students that are being trained. The terms-decency and indecency-have so much to do with the morality of the individual person and as judged by others. A dress is said to be indecent when it has provocative or stimulating influence on almost all those that happen to view it on the user.
It is any outfit that shows too much skin. It can also be said to be the attitude of someone, male or female that dresses to showoff parts of the body such as the breasts, buttocks or even the underwear particularly those of the ladies that need to be covered.
This exposure is obviously a deliberate act to look sensuous, tantalizing and stimulating so as to draw the attention of the opposite sex.This form of dressing is provocative, improper and unacceptable. These dress patterns are morally offensive and reveal the high rate of moral decadence in the society of our time.
It isn’t enough for students to graduate with basic and advanced skills. Society expects us to be committed to capitalism and democracy, to hard work, honesty – and to dress appropriately.
Putting on slippers to lecture halls is also an injustice to professionalism.