Uniform process prompts complaints

March 15, 2015 - School Uniform

High propagandize students wearing jeans conduct home after propagandize lets out in Seoul. The Education Ministry implemented a collective-purchase complement for propagandize uniforms this year, yet many manufacturers unsuccessful to accommodate a Mar 2 deadline. By Oh Jong-taekEven yet a new division started a week ago, a series of students national attended category but a propagandize uniform, going instead in their possess garments – jeans and T-shirts.

The reason was that many schools have still not perceived their uniform shipments from their designated manufacturers, a fumble that came about underneath a new purchasing complement belatedly announced by a Ministry of Education.

Under a system, open center and high schools this year placed organisation uniform orders. However, a ministry’s proclamation came late, and it unsuccessful to cruise a time indispensable to make propagandize uniforms, quite in vast quantities.

The Education Ministry announced final year that a collective-purchase complement for propagandize uniforms would be conducted, with a new uniforms to be ragged starting in March, and drew adult contracts with 6 manufacturers to attend in a behest routine for any school.

Eight to 10 months are mostly compulsory to furnish uniforms.

“It is formidable to accommodate a deadline since any manufacturer has to furnish some-more than 200 propagandize uniforms for new students,” pronounced Jin Sang-joon, a boss of a categorical organisation representing manufacturers in a propagandize uniform industry.

According to a association, about 40 schools in Seoul did not accept their orders by Mar 2, a initial day of a new semester.

The new complement aims to revoke a high costs of propagandize uniforms that have continued to boost annually in Korea. Under a new system, propagandize authorities can appropriate a manufacturer selected by a behest system.

“This routine is auspicious for relatives since it reduces uniform marketplace cost by 34 percent,” pronounced Kang Byeong-gu, an central of Education Ministry’s Student Welfare Policy Division.

However, a routine wasn’t so renouned with some relatives and students, who wanted to select their possess manufacturer.

One 45-year-old parent, surnamed Park, wanted to continue to exclusively squeeze her daughter’s propagandize uniform since she pronounced her child elite a brand.

Another primogenitor forked to uniform quality.

“Even yet it’s tradition cloth, a peculiarity is defective to processed cloth,” a 44-year-old mom surnamed Cho pronounced of a collectively purchased uniforms.

She combined that she remade her son’s uniform coupler by herself to repair a pattern flaw.

According to a consult conducted from Jan. 27 to Feb. 15 by Azoomma.com, an online website for middle-age women, 72 percent of 647 relatives who have a child in elementary, center or high propagandize pronounced they cite to away squeeze propagandize uniforms.

However, Kang argued that a choice over a common squeeze complement should not be afforded to parents.

“Giving them a choice to make particular purchases will lift a cost again,” he said.

Responding to complaints over uniform quality, Kang pronounced a method will urge a new complement by giving welfare in a behest routine to manufacturers that can pledge peculiarity assurance.

The method endorsed on Wednesday that internal preparation offices set a limit cost for common purchases during 204,316 won ($182) per one winter uniform, and 82,572 won ($74) for summer clothes.

BY KIM KI-HWAN, SHIN JIN [nam.yoonseo@joongang.co.kr]

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