No one gets to forget their school uniform ever; from symbolizing unity, discipline, and equality, uniforms have captured quite their niche in popular culture. There are certain schooling cultures that put extra stress on uniforms like Catholic schools, but all educational institutions, till the 12th standard have some kind of dress code for their students to adhere to.
But we are not here to discuss that. Instead, here are twelve countries concerning school uniform rules.
Japan has quite the liberal education system and its schools and colleges have kind of the same uniforms. But the girls’/women’s uniforms are the most famous thanks to their (mostly positive, but also sometimes objectifying portrayal in anime) portrayal in films and animation.
But the strange part is the seifuku, as it is called, has to have knee-high socks. So much so that there is dedicated sock glue available which helps keep the socks in their place.
For most schools, it is not the upper garment which determines a child/young adult’s age or standard. It is the trousers or pants they wear with said upper garments that segregate them according to the grade they are in.
Every grade has its own colour of trousers.
Most state-run schools in Ghana have the same uniform for all grades and all children, irrespective of their age or standard.
They have white uppers paired up with navy blue trousers with their white traditional tunics on top of it all.
During most of the war, the uniforms in the few functioning schools were mostly khaki, camouflage apparel like the army. But now that peace is slowly but surely returning, the uniform has been changed to pink, light blue, or grey.
6. North Korea
In a country like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, politics that pervades every part of the people’s lives reigns supreme. This is also the case with the school uniforms children wear. They all have to mandatorily wear a red scarf to show their allegiance to the Communist Party which rules the country.
It was only from 2013 onwards that Russia made school uniforms mandatory in the schools of the country.
Although there is a uniform dress code in all the schools, most schools in India let kids of the lower grades wear casuals and colourful clothes on their birthdays.
9. Sri Lanka
Most schools incorporate a tie in their uniforms of the country, at least the Sinhalese-run schools.
The national tunics of Bhutan are the school uniforms of the school-goers. Despite this seemingly regressive and nationalistic move, the country is known to have one of the highest levels of happiness among its people.
Chinese schools require school-goers to have five sets of uniforms, two sets of formals, and three for daily usage. All uniforms are gender-neutral.
Cuban uniforms change every year as the child progresses from one grade to the other.