It appears that next the cost of always-controversial school uniforms will decrease by W30-40,000.
According to the Ministry of Science and Technology on the 19th, a conference was held on the 17th, attended by the Korean school uniform association (한국교복협회) and four large businesses (Ivy Club, SK Networks, Elite Basic, and School Looks), at which it was decided to stabilize school uniform prices.
The business first decided not to sell “customizable uniforms,” which would allow alterations for waist lines or purses, beginning next year.
They plan to thoroughly investigate ways of restricting the sale of such uniforms at stores.
School uniforms companies have been selling uniforms which can be customized against the wishes of schools, to increase convenience or attractiveness, and the practice has been criticized as the main driver in the increase of school uniform costs.
The businesses have accordingly been stopped from using celebrities in their advertisements, and have said they will defray costs by reforming the distribution process.
The businesses also said they would offer free uniforms to low-income students and increase their charitable giving, and comply with fair business practices law.
The Ministry announced, “if customizable uniforms are stopped and the distribution system reformed, the price of school uniforms will fall proportionately. Prices will fall to W200,000 from the current average of W240,000.”
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