UNIJOS mass communications dept introduces dress code – Head

The Department of Mass Communications, University of Jos, has introduced a dress code for students, Christiana Best, the Head of the Department, has said.

Ms. Best said on Wednesday in Jos, Plateau, that the move is aimed at promoting decency among the students.

“We want students of mass communication to look corporate at all times because journalists, as information managers, are expected to look corporate,” she said.

She said the idea to introduce corporate dress for the students in the department followed complaints by some lecturers that the students’ indecent dressing distracts their attention during lectures.

“We believe that people in corporate attires are less likely to misbehave. We believe that wearing corporate dress will prevent students from engaging in street fighting, cult activities and other rascally behaviours,” she said.

Ms. Best said the department frowns at female students wearing skimpy dresses, and that she has advised other departments to introduce dress codes.

“Some male students also appear half naked and intimidating,” she said, adding that while students are free to appear in native or English wears, they must be decent.

Ms. Best said that the dress code would make the students imbibe the culture of appearing decent even after their graduation.

She commended the students for complying with the code and advised them to imbibe the spirit throughout their lives.



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  • ojulowoomooyo

    Does the hood make the monk? I doubt if it does. Communicators as agents of social change should not be straight-jacketed in attires; freedom should be the hallmark of their appearance. They should not be barracked into certain world because when eventually they go into the town, they are going into a free world. What the departmental king-pins are supposed to do is to screen them academically to the highest level; make the entry competitive so that only those are very, very cerebral make the cut not the cash-and-carry students. I remember our days at Unilag mass comm. when it was easier for a pregnant camel to go through the eye of the needle than for student to gain admission into the then stand-out department. Even at that, students still wore revealing dresses, yet they remained disciplined and focused. The truth, which Ms Best refused to concede is that standard has gone to the basement level in the country and so the varsity and departmental levels can not extricate themselves.