Mufti Day in school – the children love it. Me? I’m beginning not to.
For the children Mufti Day means that they children get to dress up in – well Mufti – and not be constricted in their uniforms. I think it also means that they have a better time in school as school work seems more fun when dressed in something other than uniform.
I can understand their enthusiam and marvel at the fact that on Mufti Day, we are ready well before time for school.
For me, Mufti Day means that first of all I have the headache of the children driving me crazy about what to wear. My oldest at 10, deems it a day of fashion and wants to be dressed in trendy clothes that her school friends have never seen her in before. Far be it that she wear something that she has already worn to school. Thankfully, she has enough clothes to satisfy this whim!
However, there have been times where the children have been told to wear specific colours and those are just the colours that you don’t have at home. It would be, wouldn’t it?
Another big gripe for me is that if they go in Mufti, they are expected to make a contribution of 2 pounds. It is a ‘voluntary’ contribution. Meaning that if I want to give it, I can. Or does it mean that Mufti Day is voluntary because it has been said that if a child comes in mufti clothes, there is a contribution.
I’m confused. Is wearing mufti voluntary or is the contribution voluntary?
Obviously neither is.
If majority (read all) of the children in the school are wearing mufti, I am not going to be the only mother to send my child in uniform and have them made fun of. So, I have to pay the contribution.
If they wear mufti and they are expected to hand over the money to their teachers as they walk in the door of the classroom, then the children obviously want to do this and I have to pay the contribution.
It’s a no win situation.
And it is by no means voluntary.
The contribution is £2 per child. Maybe not a lot to some. But when you have more than one child in school it adds up. When you have 2 mufti days in a month, it multiplies.
While many families can afford it and though it does pinch my pocket (the children could have an extra treat with the money), I am thankful that we can too.
There are some families though that need that £2 towards dinner. It would buy a loaf of bread and a can of beans for a ‘beans on toast’ dinner. These families cannot afford it and yet would still need to send their children in mufti with the money at hand.
This is what miffs me. This is why Mufti Day is not as exciting to me as to the children.
This is why I think neither wearing mufti or making a conltribution is voluntary.