no more poverty-shaming in public schools.

no more poverty-shaming in public schools.

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sagea brown started this petition to Hon. Alan Tudge (Minister for Education and Youth)

Public schools in Australia follow a very strict uniform policy which I am sure has proven helpful when schools go on excursions and even better with young kids who are primary-school age. 

however, a strict uniform policy in High Schools often leave a lot of students from struggling families, left with even more difficulties. 

For those who haven’t been to school in some time or have children going into schools, do you know the current cost of most public high school uniforms are?

Let me help, T-shirts are between $20 and $40, shorts are $15-25, dresses are normally $45-75 and then a winter uniform, it’s extra $10-20 on the dress, $10-20 for the pants and then jumpers? Normally between $30 and $50. 

Not only that, your child would need more than one uniform. Can’t afford one? too bad. You can be given detentions or even suspensions for simply, not having a uniform. 

Even though most schools may have a few uniforms to spare, they are often not the right size, especially for plus size students and the uniforms are often required to be returned that week and are expected to be cleaned by the parents. 

Whether we as a country admit to it or not, the poverty and low-income rates are very high. 

When a student or students’ parents cannot afford a uniform, the students are often shamed and the parents receive no help. 

Having the opportunity to choose between clothes and uniforms is a great idea and even greater if uniforms are cut completely. 

This means students are free to express themselves however they wish and it also means students from low-income and poverty incomes do not have to buy additional clothes. 

it also means students can donate their clothes to the school for free so there are always clothes at the school for those that need them. 

we need to stop shaming parents who cant afford uniforms and instead, find ways to help them. 

Australia, we can do better so why arent we?

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