What Compulsory School Uniforms Look Like in 15 Different Countries


Many people debate the fact whether it is mandatory for schools to have uniforms or not. Those supporting the fact testify that it makes kids more united, disciplined and equal and even parents wouldn’t have to think about what their child would have to wear. Those who are against this fact say that it doesn’t impact the educational system and it kills the individuality of a person. School uniforms have existed form the time the concept of private and organized education came into being. It speaks of a culture and educational tradition that is also a symbol and representation of the institution. People recognize schools instantly by the uniform. However, this article has nothing to do with this debate but it will provide information of different countries around the world which have kids wearing uniform in schools for you to take a look how school uniforms around the world look.


The school uniform in Japan for girls is known as “Seifuku” and it is very famous because it has been displayed in Anime and Manga comic books too. A sea style blouse and a skirt which is pleated and the more older a girl gets, the shorter it seems the skirts get. Shoes should have small heels and it is absolutely necessary to have knee length socks. They even have to wear them during winter. Girls use special glue from preventing the socks from sliding off.


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2Great Britain

In England, the school dress code is followed very strictly. Uniforms when worn for the first time were blue in color because it helped to teach the kids to be calm and organized and it was the cheapest fabric available at the time. Now most schools have uniforms and symbols of their own for distinguishing. There are some schools which are so strict that in hot weather students can’t wear shorts to school. In summer boys of one particular school wore skirts and went on a strike. After this incident, gender neutral uniforms were made by many schools.

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The educational system of Australia has borrowed many rules and regulations from Great Britain. There is a huge similarity between the school uniforms of Great Britain and Australia. Due to the hot climate, wearing a hat is also a rule in some schools.


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In Cuba, there are variations of uniforms like white top and yellow bottom or dark blue bottom and blue top. Some even have red sundresses or pants with white shirts. There is one essential element in every uniform which is the tie. Students in the soviet are also required to follow a similar rule.


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In Indonesia, the colors of school uniform depend on the basis of their level of education. A white top is a must but the bottom can be dark blue, grey and even red. One interesting fact is that students can paint each other’s uniforms after passing the national exam as a sign of freedom. They use markers, sprays paints, and it is a kind of tradition. Etc.


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Chinese uniforms are more than one as certain days require different uniforms. In China, students have uniforms for their summer, winter, holidays and week days. Daily use of uniforms for boys and girls are similar and they have a sportswear look.


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It is necessary for most children to wear a uniform but Ghana just like other African countries has large number of poverty and low income. So one major obstacle for kids to receive education is buying a uniform. The government made uniforms free across different cities in 2010.


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The dress code is pretty ordinary for elementary and secondary schools but in high school, girls have to wear the white national costume known as “Ao Dai”. Some schools allow them to wear it during special occasions, ceremonies and festivals while some make it compulsory for the girls to wear them on a daily basis.


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The School uniform color in Syria was previously khaki but now it has changed to bright colors like grey, blue and pink just before the military conflict caused by political issues. This is known to symbolize the peace demanded by everyone in the Middle East.


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Bhutan is another country where the students have to wear a national traditional costume. The girl’s uniform is known as “Kira” and the boy’s is known as “Gho”. All textbooks and school supplies are carried in their clothes but now they use bags, backpacks, etc. But students do use their uniform for carrying things too.


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11South Korea

Kids in South Korea study from morning till evening. This is the reason that schools are considered as romantic places and most of their lives are spent there. The schools have made it necessary to wear uniforms and regulate the dress code but uniforms are even popular not just in schools but outside too and even among celebrities.

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12Sri Lanka

It is necessary for students in Sri Lanka to wear uniforms which are white. Girls also have to wear ties but different collars and sleeves. Boys have to wear white shirts with blue shorts. Boys can wear white shorts only on special occasions. But it must be hard to maintain to maintain the whiteness.

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In the 1990’s, uniform was officially canceled in Russia but the school administration started making their own rules in 2013. Most schools have made it compulsory for uniforms others have an official dress code which is white top with a dark bottom.


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14North Korea

North Korea has made it mandatory for schools to make their students wear uniforms where boys wear a shirt and pants and girls wear dresses. But they have to wear an obligatory red scarf with it which is a symbol for supporting the ruling political parties in North Korea.

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Most schools have made it mandatory for students to wear uniforms in India. Boys have to wear short sleeve shirts which are buttoned up with a pair of shorts and socks with black or dark shoes. Older boys wear trousers. Girls usually wear a knee length tunic with pants and shoes. Uniforms can vary and the majority of schools have uniforms that feature pleated skirts and long sleeve or short sleeve shirts for girls while for boys it is the regular shorts and trousers. In some schools Girls have the option to wear the traditional Salwar Kameez in school colors.


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