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School uniforms must be affordable to all

13 September, 2012 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Chris Hazzard has said that schools uniforms need to be affordable to every family.

Mr Hazzard stated:

“It has emerged in the past few days that the cost of a school uniform in many schools are exorbitant. 

“The price involved, which includes the need for a PE kit, is putting many families under severe financial pressure.

“It is especially affecting those who have several children at one school and actually influencing their choice of school. 

“Apart from the identity benefit of having a uniform one of the other positive aspects is that regardless of the financial situation of a child’s family, they all dress the same.

“However if we do not ensure that uniforms are affordable to all families then we will break the equality created by the introduction of uniforms.

“It is important that schools follow the guidance set out by the Department of Education and that Boards of Governors work to ensure that their school uniform is accessible to every family.”  

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