MSN Schools that force girls to wear skirts as part of their official uniform are discriminating against transsexuals, a British watchdog claims.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission says schools may be breaking the law if they continue to make skirts compulsory, Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reports.
The commission has even threatened "costly legal action" if uniform rules are not changed.
In a report commissioned by the British government, the watchdog found that "requiring pupils to wear gender-specific clothes is potentially unlawful".
"Pupils born female with gender dysphoria experienced great discomfort being forced to wear stereotypical girlsâ€™ clothes â€” for example a skirt," the report says.
But some schools have already dismissed the commission's findings as silly.
"The message is: not in my school â€” weâ€™re sticking with our skirts," King Edward VI Handsworth school head teacher Elspeth Insch told the newspaper.
The 68-page report was commissioned by deputy PM Harriet Harman to investigate the human rights of transsexuals.