Parents criticise Tokyo school's plan to adopt Giorgio Armani uniforms

Parents criticise Tokyo school's plan to adopt Giorgio Armani uniforms

The Taimei Elementary School, in Tokyo, has been criticised for the amount of money they are expecting parents to fork out on a uniform in a place where tuition fees are already a burden, the Metro reported.

Taimei Elementary School, operated by Chuo Ward, plans to introduce the new standard school wear, virtually treated as a uniform, from the next school year starting in April.

On Twitter, one person pointed out: "I heard that school uniforms were originally invented so kids from different income families wouldn't face discrimination".

Additional extras mean a complete set could set parents back a whopping 90,000 yen.

Although school uniforms are not strictly compulsory in public schools in Japan, most students choose to wear them.The move also received widespread criticism online, the BBC reported.

He says there will be an explanation on uniform arrangements, though it remains unclear if the Armani ensembles will be mandatory. "Are you saying a child wearing Armani will be better developed than a child who doesn't wear it?" another user asked.

"There are many brand shops in Ginza and I wondered if it is an option to borrow the strength of one of the brands" in order to further develop the school, Wada told reporters.

Parents have raised complaints and on 8 February the issue was brought up at a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee. "Why has a luxury brand design been chosen as the uniform of a public elementary school?" Uniforms are rare, but some of the more prestigious schools have an... "The officials should have thought about the children and made a decision after holding discussions", one parent, who did not want to be identified, told national broadcaster NHK. Armani's head office, which is a mere 656 ft. away from the school. On Friday, government education officials said that school principals are free to set school rules and uniforms, but that this case didn't have the consensus of parents.

Wada acknowledged the new uniform would cost more, but considered it worth it.

Parents were reportedly notified of the plans to change the dress code for incoming students in a letter last November, with headmaster Toshitsugu Wada describing the school as a "landmark" in the region.

But parents of the students weren't on board with the new duds when they found out the prices.

But by choosing these pricey uniforms, the elementary school has parents anxious about the ramifications of being unable to afford the uniform - and what it would mean for their child to show up to school without it.

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