Azara Blog: The government wants unisex toilets in secondary schools

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Date published: 2007/04/25

The BBC says:

Unisex lavatories - with blurred glass walls - could help in the battle against school bullies, government guidelines for England suggest.

The recommendations for new secondary schools also include putting toilet blocks close to staffrooms or offices for subtle supervision.

If the ideas are taken up, urinals would be a thing of the past and privacy would be protected.

Campaigners say crumbling facilities damage pupils' health and well-being.

They say school toilets are recognised as being a trouble-spot for bullying, with some children avoiding going, possibly leading to continence problems.
It is suggested that making toilets unisex would discourage pupils from congregating in the area.

This sounds a bit like a late April Fool's joke. Not because they are proposing unisex toilets, but because they are proposing that this somehow solves the bullying problem. Why would unisex toilets "discourage pupils from congregating in the area"? If anything it might just encourage unisex gangs. And needless to say unisex toilets provide a perfect location for sex (consensual or, even worse, not). And glass walls raise a privacy issue ("blurred" just means you cannot see specific details, but that is not good enough).

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