Talking Points: should teachers and principals wear a uniform?

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Ady Lam, 11, Island School

Teachers should not have to wear a uniform. Uniforms are for showing the strength and unity of a school, and although teachers and principals are part of the school “family”, it’s unnecessary to have all the staff wearing the same thing. Plus, teacher and principal uniforms could be confusing, because there are always some staff members who are young enough that they could pass for a secondary school student!

Prudence Mak, 13 Tak Nga Secondary School

Teachers don’t need to wear uniforms. Some people may think that is unfair, because if students aren’t allowed to wear their comfortable casual clothes, then why should teachers? But unlike students, teachers are already grown-up, and have professional judgement to decide what should they wear. Students might try too hard to look gorgeous or sexy, or might bully others for their choice of clothing. However, teachers are mature enough to decide what to wear.

Kelvin Wong Tat-fung, 14, NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College

Yes, teachers and principals should wear a school uniform, because it should show school unity with the students. Showing unity is important because wearing uniform promotes a sense of belonging at our school. It would treat teachers, principals and students equally. Teachers often wear casual clothes and t-shirts that do not look good, but a school uniform will let people know the teachers are from our school.

Edison Ho, 13, Carmel Secondary School

If teachers and principals wear uniforms it would show their loyalty to the school, and build better relationships with students in the campus. Wearing a school uniform would make teachers seem less superior, and students would feel more comfortable talking and sharing their feelings with them.

As with all uniformed groups, the clothes symbolise team spirit. However, teachers’ uniforms should be a little different. For example, male teachers could wear different coloured ties, and female teachers could wear scarves instead of a ribbon bows. This would remind students that teachers are not totally the same – they have to respect their teachers.

Anisha Tamang, 15, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Uniforms are required in many professions, so why not for teachers and principals, too? Having a uniform for teachers and principals would make them look professional. If staff dress sloppily, it is hard for them to have authority in school. But if they dressed like authority figures, students would treat them with respect, and would be more likely to listen to them, which would create a good learning environment.

If they did have to wear a uniform, they could wear different coloured jackets. The colours could depend either on the house the teacher is in, or according to the subject they teach. Female teachers could wear blazers with a chiffon shirt loosely tucked into dark coloured pants, and male teachers could wear white dress shirts under dark navy blue cashmere sweaters along with khaki pants. A principal, meanwhile, could wear a grey suit (skirt suit for female principals) with a light blue dress shirt.

Laura Yiu Yan-na, 15, HKBUAS

Our school uniform is a symbol of our school, and we should be proud to wear it. And as important members of this big “family”, principals and teachers should also dress in school uniforms.

Kary Cheung, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

Teachers and principals should wear school uniforms. When you go to a fast food restaurant, workers there also wear uniforms. So why can’t teachers and principals also wear school uniforms to show respect to students?

Jennifer Lau Wing-yan, 15, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Teachers and principals should wear uniforms. By doing so, they would be good role models for students regarding the uniform standards. It would also increase the sense of belonging of the school, and make students love the school more. Teachers and principals would probably like it, too, as they could spend less time choosing clothes to work.

Ivan Chan Ka-chun, 11, NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College

Teachers and principals should wear a school uniform as they are a part of the school. If they wear the uniform, people would know that they are working in that school, and they would feel a stronger sense of belonging. Moreover, if teachers and principals wore a school uniform, students would feel closer to them, and would be willing to talk to them or play with them, and that would enhance the teacher-student relationship. Besides, school uniforms are more comfortable and prettier than casual clothes, and when teachers and principals wear them, they will remember their good old days and will look young again, just like teenagers!

Sonny Chan Hei-lun, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

The teacher and principals should not wear uniforms. Although they work for the school, they are just there to teach and help the students.

Saba Iftkhar, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

Teachers and principals always lecture students on how the school uniform represents our school and we must wear it, so shouldn’t they wear it too? OF COURSE, THEY SHOULD! Since our uniforms are bland, it would only be fair if they wore the same tasteless clothes every day of the school year, too. They should wear the same dull, knee-length uniform that we do. After all, we’re representing our school and we have to look united, don’t we? On the bright side, teachers and principals no longer have to worry about wearing the same outfit as one another. We would all look identical in those uniforms anyway. HAHA!

Makayla Ng, 14, Tung Chung Catholic School

Teachers and principals shouldn’t wear school uniforms. In China, the traditional relationship between teachers and students is that students should respect their teachers.

If teachers and principal start wearing uniforms, some students may think teachers are equal to them, and become disrespectful to them.

Ivan So Chung-yin, 15, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School

I don’t think teachers and principals should have to wear school uniforms. Instead, they should choose cloths that are suitable for the subject they teach. For example, visual arts teachers can wear more stylish clothes while physical education teachers should wear sporty clothes. Besides, the clothing of a teacher can show his or her personality, and even make him or her popular with students.

Melody Lee Tsz-wai, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

Teachers and principals should have to wear a school uniform because it will make us feel more intimate. Female teachers should wear a white T-shirt with a long black skirt. This would look more polite and clean. Male teachers should wear a white shirt with long black trousers.

Eunice Yung Po-yiu, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Teachers and principals should not have to wear school uniforms, because otherwise they would seem too much like students.

Tiffany Lim, 12, Tak Nga Secondary School

I totally agree with teachers and principals wearing school uniform. I think uniforms are annoying and I really enjoy dressing up, but why do primary and secondary teachers get a pass on not wearing school uniforms while kindergarten teachers have to? It’s not fair.

Teachers should wear a mature version of our uniforms, and that includes no gel, hairspray, make-up or nail polish because our rules also state that. Call it: giving them a taste of their own medicine, because I really find buttoning up the buttons, tying the ties and all the multiple zipping up for 10 minutes so annoying.

Charmaine Wong, 12, Heep Yunn School

Unnecessary, I’ll say.Have you seen teachers and principals wearing uniforms?I don’t have a model answer but I’m sure most likely not. Personally, I think that teachers and principals have the freedom to dress with their own dress in a appropriate way as the are the role model of their students. Being as an adult, I believe that they have already been through the time of being a student, wearing the uniform,and now they should be entirely different from us as they have passed through this time already, therefore, I think that teacher and principals should not wear uniforms.

Bobo Cheung Hok-yu, 15, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Teachers and principals should wear a school uniform because it would show professionalism to students and set a good example. If they don’t have a dress code or uniform, they might be disrespected and teased by the students because of what they wear. Female teachers should wear a white blouse and a knee-length skirt, and male teachers should wear a white shirt and a pair of black trousers. These outfits show the professionalism of their career.

George Ng Kei-chun, 16, Dung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Yes, all teachers and principals should have to wear a school uniform – but they should be different than the students’ uniform.

Arzoo, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

Personally, If I were the teachers, I would feel like wearing what I want.

In Hong Kong, not many schools allow students to wear casual clothes, so I think at least the teachers should have the freedom to dress how they want.

Lau Shyane, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School

Teachers and principals should wear school uniform like we do, because we are from the same school, and we should all follow the same rules. Even if the school is a girls’ school, male teachers should wear the same as the students, but they may choose to change the dress to trousers.

Tom Chow, 15, Tung Chung Catholic School

I think teachers and principals should wear school uniforms. Schools should design a uniform for them because it would help security know who the teachers are.

For our next issue, we’ll discuss:

Which subject should be removed from your curriculum? 

We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to [email protected] by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.

Edited by Sam Gusway

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