In Singapore, almost all schools require students to wear uniforms to school. In my opinion, it is not just a habit. In fact, it is an important and essential part of schooling, for very simple reasons. Wearing school uniforms to schools promote good values in students, and thus it should be continued in Singapore.
School uniforms, as the name implies, promotes uniformity within the school. Uniformity can be achieved through wearing the same piece of clothing, and people can feel a sense of unity. In addition, it provides a sense of belonging, where you feel that you really belong to a certain school. A sense of pride is too cultivated since school uniforms show what school one is from. Some people say that school uniforms are dull and unattractive, but school uniforms, and only school uniforms, can create a sense of uniqueness. You can say the school song, school flag, school logo, school motto, school mission and school vision is different, but nobody really notices that. It is the school uniform that people notice. School uniforms represent the school as much as the students represent the school, and thus they are extremely important and should be worn.
Moreover, school uniforms promote responsibility and discipline in students. The school uniform would always have the school name and logo on it, no matter which school it is, or at least initials. Students who disrupt the crowd might get reported to the school principal. Therefore, students must maintain the school’s and their own reputation. For instance, forms of media like Straits Time Online Mobile Print (STOMP) users usually take photos of people in school uniforms and their behaviours in public. Therefore, students learn to responsible and disciplined when they are outside of school when they are wearing the school uniforms since they are representing the school.
Furthermore, by wearing school uniforms, students can learn the value of saving time. The students do not need to waste time just to choose branded or trendy clothing. Students want to be their best so that classmates would have a good impression on them. This would make them waste lots of time choosing the clothing that is the nicest to them, thus using up a lot of time which could have been used to do more productive work. Although people may think that only a little more time is used a day, the amount of time wasted on choosing clothes would be enormous when it becomes a week or even a year. Thus, I strongly believe that school uniforms would teach students the importance of treasuring time.
Some people may argue that students can have more liberty and can show off their creativity by not wearing the standard ‘boring’ school uniforms, but this might cause distraction among students and let them be too comfortable during lessons. Not wearing school uniforms not only causes distraction and disallows the teachers to teach well, it might also cause students to wear scantily, which is ungraceful and not pleasant at all! This teaches students the lesson of respect and prioritizing, putting studies above fashion, since their main focus should be studying now. Therefore, school uniforms teach students respect and the importance to prioritize.
Therefore, I conclude that school uniforms are necessary and essential because it promotes values of paramount importance. I believe that Singapore would continue to have students wearing school uniforms as it is beneficial to our community.