Plain Clothes or Uniform?

The Competition Commission’s efforts to curb price-fixing among school uniform manufacturers have sparked renewed debate about the relevance of uniforms, especially as parents struggle to cope with rising prices.

Lebogang Montjane, executive director of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa, said uniform price tags can be daunting. In the long run, though, it was more economical than buying civilian clothing (civvies) on a regular basis. “In addition, uniforms function as an important social equaliser, especially in the South African context, that allow all children to have a largely similar level and appearance,” Montjane said.

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