Secondary students at the prestigious Bangkok Christian College left their uniforms at home and donned casual duds for school for the first time on Tuesday.
The down-dressing kicked off the school’s pilot project allowing students to wear casual clothes to express their individuality and creativity every Tuesday throughout this semester.
Head teacher Suphakit Jitklongsub said the pilot project allows students the option of expressing themselves through wearing appropriate casual dress in an effort to make the school a happy place. It reflects a belief that people with differences can live together, Suphakit said.
If the scheme is proven to negatively affect academic performance, it would be scrapped, he added.
Bangkok Christian College, the first private boys’ school in Thailand, was founded on September 30, 1852 by US Presbyterian missionaries with permission from His Majesty King Rama IV.
Originally in Thonburi, the school moved to its present site in Bang Rak district in 1902. The school now has about 5,000 students in 12 levels, and is popular among children of all faiths due to its strong academic reputation.
It was the country’s first school to introduce contemporary approaches to English language education, with both native English speakers and Thai teachers using English as the medium of instruction.