You might be surprised to learn that all Indian school children wear uniforms. I should say students, not school children, because if you’re in school, you’re in uniform. Public school, private school, international school, military school, preschool, nursery, college, university, medical school, veterinary school – they all have uniforms.
The variety of school uniforms I’ve seen here is much greater than the jumpers, skorts, khakis and polos we have in the US. Some of the kids wear ties and jackets. Some girls wear skirts or jumpers, some wear shorts. Girls in the military schools (with military parents) wear a salwar chemise – loose pants, a long kurta, and a neatly pressed scarf.
School uniforms also vary in color a lot more than in the US. Indians are not afraid of color. On certain days, they wear uniforms of all white, which seems silly on a young child in such a dirty city. I’ve seen groups of boys wearing purple shorts and hot pink polo shirts, and friends each wearing a different color of the rainbow according to their class.
The picture on the right is my cousin’s son, who is attending preschool in Japan. He has the same kind of satchel backpack many of the younger Indian students use. Most of the girls wear their hair in two braids, looped up and tied with ribbons. And all the students wear an ID card around their neck.
Kids only get three sets of uniforms, so it’s not really any more expensive than buying them clothes.
My kids aren’t in school yet. I’m often questioned about that here, because in India, most children start school at age 2. In my inexperienced opinions, uniforms are a good idea. But I’m not so sure about putting a tie on a two year old.
What is your opinion on school uniforms?