For those of you who had to wear a uniform, the best part of leaving school was probably being able to finally wear what you want. Wearing the same outfit day after day for years becomes boring after a while so it is normal for children to protest uniforms. The first time ‘school uniforms’ were introduced was during the 16th century in the Christ Hospital School in England in 1552. This seems like an outdated and ancient torture device and uniforms are often a topic for debate. Some parents claim that uniforms are just an extra unnecessary expense. Others, however, believe that they create a sense of unity among the students by diminishing the differences between them. A lot of schools have mandatory uniforms but there are others who ridicule this practice. Here are 15 examples of the typical school uniform from different countries.
1. United Kingdom
At first, the uniforms in the UK were blue since the dye was cheap at the time. Nowadays they are different for each school. There was also a no-shorts policy for boys which they protested in 2017 by wearing skirts which led to the removal of that policy.
The Japanese school uniforms often appear in manga and anime and they are one of the most famous in the world. The uniforms for girls are called Seifuku. Students are demanded to wear knee-high socks which are held in place with the help of ‘sock-glue’.
The Australian school uniforms are similar to those in the UK due to the hot weather but the colors are lighter and the silhouettes are flowy.
Each country and school have different uniform rules. In Cuba, for example, students are required to wear a uniform in accordance to their education level. So, there are different uniforms for kindergarteners and students in primary and secondary school.
In Indonesia there are also different uniforms for education levels. However, wearing a white shirt is mandatory and the color of the trousers may vary.
Chinese uniforms have five sets, 2 formal ones and 3 daily. The daily uniforms are gender neutral.
The poverty stricken countries tend to fall back with following the uniform rule. A lot of families in Ghana can’t afford to buy a uniform so their children stay at home because of that.
In Vietnam the uniforms are very simple, they consist of white shirt and navy blue trousers. High school girls are also allowed to wear a traditional outfit which is a tunic worn over trousers.
In the past, the Syrian ensemble were military styles khaki but that has changed. The uniforms are usually pink, grey and light blue to symbolize peace.
In Bhutan students wear national costumes which is an excellent idea for countries with rigid systems to use.
11. South Korea
South Koreans were influenced by the western culture when it comes to their school uniforms. Uniforms are mandatory for higher education students.
12. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is also one of the countries where students are required to wear uniforms. Girls must also wear a tie just like the boys.
Some generations of students in Russia were lucky enough to study between 1994-2013 when uniforms were not mandatory. Imagine how those who enrolled after 2013 felt when the rules changed.
14. North Korea
In North Korea politics and education go hand in hand which is also present in school uniforms. Students have to wear red scarves to show their support for the North Korean political party.
Every educational institution in India, be it public or private, requires students to wear uniforms. Boys wear trousers or shorts and girls wear knee-length tunics or skirts. In some schools the students have different uniforms for the summer and winter.
Even though there are certain benefits of wearing uniforms in schools, some countries should focus more on making education mandatory rather than imposing certain outfit regulations.