Do school uniforms infringe upon students’ right to express their individuality? Do they effect children’s behaviour or academic achievement? Do they even emphasise the socioeconomic disparities they attempt to disguise?
Should they be part of a privilege of being in ones final year of high school?
In Cyprus, private institutions are rather strict about the uniform including where it should be bought from and made. Each child is expected to be properly attaired. In the public schools, it is far more lax and is really dependent on each school, and headmaster as to how the uniform is implemented. In the school my daughter attends, it simply states blue or black jeans with a white or grey T-shirt and in the winter, with a dark blue, grey or black footer. However, what about piercings, tattoos and a general sloppiness? In the winter, when many of the teenagers leave from the mountainous areas early in the morning, it is bitterly cold and jeans have no warmth…
Proponents say that school uniforms make schools safer for students, create a “level playing field” that reduces socioeconomic disparities, and encourage children to focus on their studies rather than their clothes.
Opponents say school uniforms infringe upon students’ right to express their individuality, have no positive effect on behavior and academic achievement, and emphasize the socioeconomic disparities they are intended to disguise