- The school was founded in 1926 by a Scottish missionary called Lieutenant-Commander Ernest William Eborhard Calwell
- Following this, Nyakasura School adopted the uniform as the school Scottish missionary Calwell was from Scottland and wanted to influence them
- The originality of the garment has made the school to be prejudiced by many as they term it as neo-colonialism
Most of us are used to seeing high school boys wearing trousers and shirts as uniforms. However, there is a school in Uganda called Nyakasura Secondary School where boys wear skirts as a uniform.
Origin of the uniform
Nyakasura is the only school in Uganda and perhaps Africa where students wear a kilt as their school uniform.
While giving the school's history, the principal revealed that they are just carrying on with what the founder started.
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According to the principal, the school was started in 1926 by a Scottish missionary called Lieutenant-Commander Ernest William Eborhard Calwell.
The missionary wanted the whole of the Buganda Kingdom to follow the Scottish culture, but the king refused, forcing him to flee the place.
He was welcomed in the region where Nyakasura is when he opened a school and influenced the people to practice Scottish culture.
"The attire builds confidence in boys hence brings out strong leaders; therefore, it has a unique identity," the principal told the Afrimax English.
Origin of skirts
The principal defended the uniform by saying that it is not a skirt like other people called it, claiming that it is called "kilts" and it is a traditional attire worn by men in Scottish Highlands.
Kilt forms the only national costume in the British Isles that is worn for ordinary purposes, rather than merely for a special occasion.
Highland dress is also the uniform of Scottish regiments in the British army, and kilts have been worn in battle as recently as World War II.
He said that the students love their uniforms so much because it makes them unique despite being mocked by the community.
Nyakasura is a mixed school, so someone who goes there for the first time would find it hard to differentiate between boys and girls.
"Every student considers the kilt a normal attire, and nothing is funny anymore. The uniform collection includes; a kilt, belt, knee-socks and a cuff known as a kilt hose. In addition, the boys wear a red cloth on their legs known as the leg warmers," he said.
Boys also have small bags at the front of their kilts, used for carrying essentials like pens and handkerchiefs.
Male students not ashamed
The students indicated that the kilt is part of the school culture, and they are comfortable with it.
The boys indicated that they are always insulted and criticised by students from other schools for wearing girls' uniforms, but to them, there is nothing wrong with the attire.
"Some people say that it is a shame to wear a skirt, but this is not a skirt and I also don't have a problem with it because I have been wearing it for four years now," one of the students said.
Apart from standing out among other schools with their dressing, Nyakasura is also known for performing well in national examinations, and it has several trophies in co-curricula activities.
School owner disappears after collecting WAEC fees
In a related story, Legit.ng reported that a school owner collected WAEC registration fees from his students in Nigeria and vamoosed.
When the students came to start their examination on the commencement day, the school owner was nowhere to be found.
There was a notice on the school gate announcing that the school has been put up for sale.