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Uniforms are worn in many schools around the world, especially in Great Britain.

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Should school uniforms be made compulsory? Thanks to the parliamentary significance of the National Rally, the question came up in the National Assembly on Thursday, January 12. In Europe, very few countries impose it.

In Great Britain, there is no obligation in law: schools have a choice. However, in 80% of primary schools, internal regulations require school uniforms to be worn. On the website of the British Ministry of Education, we read that the government “strongly” encourages schools to have one.

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Each British school chooses its uniform model. The cost is not uniform according to the companies. On average, you have to pay 300 euros every year and there are subsidies for very modest families. According to the ministry’s recommendations, the wearing of the uniform should be as inclusive as possible. Thus, students have the right to express their affiliation with a religion by wearing a religious symbol such as a veil.

In Europe, only Malta and Cyprus make uniforms compulsory. In Germany’s neighboring countries, armor gradually disappeared in the 1980s. Elsewhere in the world, particularly in Asia or Africa, the uniform is more common. It is found in all schools in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. This is also the case in many African countries such as Ghana or Burkina Faso.