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School uniforms become hot political issue

September 2023
Politicians in different countries have been making headlines with controversial proposals about school uniforms as students go back to class after Summer break.

In France, politicians are talking about starting a trial of mandatory school uniforms as a way to stop students from wearing religious clothing such as Muslims’ . France has already started a ban on abayas in school.

In the UK, where uniforms are mandatory, the opposition Labour Party has said that if it wins the next election, it will require that schools adopt more relaxed uniform rules.

Another reason why uniforms have made headlines in the UK is that some schools have introduced gender-neutral uniforms and scrapped the boys’ and girls’ alternatives.

In Thailand, earlier this year, the local government in Bangkok relaxed dress rules at its schools to allow students to wear casual clothes and hairstyle once a week.

Reference shelf:
French education minister wants trial run of school uniforms amid abaya ban row (Reuters)

Schools reject boys' and girls' uniform lists in favour of gender-neutral clothing (Sky News)

Labour pledges to cut school uniform cost by limiting branded items (Independent)

City Hall relaxes dress rules for students (Bangkok Post)

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