Talking Points: Should schools introduce a no-uniform policy?

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Lam Kwan-lok, 15, Sheng Kung Hui  Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

No, because it would encourage students to spend money to make themselves look good, or they would wear things that are not appropriate. That could affect how their school is seen by other people. Wearing a uniform doesn’t just make a person look neat and tidy, it helps to create a sense of belonging. Wearing a uniform also means they can be easily recognised as being from a particular school.

Rana Orchid, 14, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Lo Kon Ting Memorial College

Yes, I think they should. Many students feel uncomfortable wearing theirs, or think that it’s very boring or uncool. Some of them struggle to afford it. It would be better if they were allowed to wear what they already own.

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Ngo Shun-kit, 12, Carmel Secondary School

No. A school uniform is a school’s way of identifying a student as theirs as opposed to belonging to other schools. It’s also a show of respect for your school to wear that school’s uniform. If young people were given the option to not wear it, then no one would know which school they go to, or if they’re a student at all.

Khan Bibi Aaisha, 14, Precious Blood Secondary School

No, because a school uniform creates a type of equality. Students don’t have to worry about not wearing the same brands as someone else, or how stylish it looks. Wearing a uniform saves time in the morning, because we don’t have to think about what to wear, if we have worn it already, or if it will help us stand out.

Teachers can better spot non-students at their school if uniforms are enforced, and it’s easier to find students who are skipping class when they’re wearing one. Uniforms look neat and tidy, too. This helps students, because once they graduate they might work in places that require them to be neat and tidy and on time – all things that they will have been taught at school. 

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Annie Lee Yuet, 13, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College

Yes. Adults get to decide what they want to wear all the time, which allows them to express who they are. Denying students that is denying them the chance to prepare for adulthood. Many people see being able to choose what to wear as a way of creating an identity for themselves. This is very important to their development, according to psychologist Erik Erikson. When we take that choice away, we’re taking away an important part of a person’s development. 

Thomas Wong, 13, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Lo Kon Ting Memorial College

No. Students would waste too much time choosing what to wear every day, which might cause them to be late to class. Some might get bullied because of what they’re wearing. That doesn’t happen with uniforms. Also, people can easily recognise which school they are from when they wear a uniform, which is extremely useful when they are out on school trips.

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Lucas Chiao, 13, Carmel Secondary School

Yes, because I think students have a right to choose what they want to wear. Lots of other countries have this policy in place already. I think Hong Kong schools should also allow students to decide what they want to wear at school.

Chris Lo Cheuk-kiu, 13, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College

I don’t think it’s a good idea. Students would spend too much time deciding what to wear, and the teachers would find it harder to identify students from non-students. Some people might even pretend to be students and go on school grounds and do bad things, because they don’t need to wear a uniform. 

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Lee Yuen-chi, 16, Fung Kai No.1 Secondary School

Absolutely not. If some students comes form rich families, they might wear nicer or more expensive things if there is no uniform policy. This might make students from poorer backgrounds feel bad. A uniform means no one is better or worse when it comes to what they wear. They would be able to better focus on their studies. 

Anson Sit Kwan-yi, 12, Methodist College

No. I think it is important for students to wear uniforms, as they show a person’s loyalty to a school. They should be proud to wear one, because they are representing their school. If people were allowed to wear whatever they like to school, people will start competing with each other, which might cause some to feel bad about what they wear, and they might focus less in class as a result. 

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Edited by Ginny Wong