The Thai Education Ministry is telling teenage female students to dress “appropriately” and stop wearing dresses that are too skimpy.
The Ministry has made amendments to the Child Protection Act to codify the length of dresses and the tightness of blouses, rather than leaving it up to school boards to come up with their own guidelines.
The amendment appears to only target female students who flout the dress codes with their short skirts and undersized blouses.
The revision, signed by newly appointed Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan, says the changes in the laws will improve the behaviour and safety of students. Meanwhile male students have been spared any specific guidelines regarding the way they wear their uniforms.
The amendments also prohibit students from joining gangs that “disturb the peace” or cause a “public commotion” inside or outside school.
Parents or guardians of a student who breaks the new regulations are liable to fines of up to 30,000 baht and/or three months in jail.
Female Thai students have been testing school and university dress-codes for decades with the many Thai soap operas set in schools, and popular with young Thai people, often sexualising female cast members by dressing them in very short and tight skirts and tight-fit blouses.