3 April 2012, 15:06

School uniform coming back?

School uniform coming back?

The lower house of the Russian parliament is discussing whether school children’s parents should be able to “opt out” of the school uniform requirements, if the latter were reintroduced in Russia.

The lower house of the Russian parliament is discussing whether school children’s parents should be able to “opt out” of the school uniform requirements, if the latter were reintroduced in Russia. This came in a statement by a member of the State Duma’s Education Committee, Grigory Balykhin, who commented on the alleged Education Ministry initiative to adopt school uniform in all Russian schools.

“School uniform debates have been here for a long time. Uniform is regarded as a means to discipline children and to bridge income inequality between their families. Adopting a mandatory uniform policy would promote that,” he told the journalists.

“The stance of the Education Ministry, which is urging to reintroduce compulsory school uniform, isn’t hard to understand. It is vying for a state purchase order,” Balykhin noted, adding that it would also be wise to find out the opinion of school children and their parents.

School uniform was abolished in the 1990s, leaving schools to decide for themselves what their students should wear, reminded Balykin. Some schools have consequently introduced their own uniforms, while others only recommend to wear it to primary and secondary school students. Still, some schools have totally opted out of any uniform, requiring their students to adhere to a business dress code. A number of schools don’t mind jeans but insist that students at least looked tidy.

According to Dmitry Balykhin, parents should be given the right to chose, be it a school, a curriculum, or school clothes.

TASS

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