PETALING JAYA - The Education Ministry's announcement that Form Six students would not have to wear school uniforms beginning next term has not been welcomed by most of the public.
In a poll by The Star Online, while some welcomed the move, many others believed that it would not have any relevant impact on the overall standard of education.
Facebook user Stephanie Ha said that the move was not a good idea as students, especially girls, will waste their time thinking of what to wear.
"This will also lead to a sense of loss of identity and sense of belonging to their school," she said.
Another user, Cecilia Thomas, questioned how the move would help with the students' education.
"There will be extra expenses for families because students would want to impress their friends," she added.
Grace Williams said the move would create a divide between the rich and poor students.
"The rich will try to show off with their expensive dresses and the poor will suffer from an inferiority complex.
"This will directly affect their studies.
"The purpose of wearing a uniform is to show unity as we are all under one roof," she said.
Jaya Rani Sathasivam said each student would want to outshine their friends and spend their money on clothes instead of books.
"Pity the parents. Thank God my children have completed their studies, otherwise, with prices going up for everything I have to look for more money to buy clothes for my children," she said.
Mohamad Heizya said school uniforms should be maintained.
"It does not improve the education, or even worse, you need to address issues such as modesty which is very subjective and different from one to another," he said.
Rayn Loh said the quality in teaching should be given top priority.
Muhammad Najmi Ahmad Zabidi and Cahaya Ilyana Zaini were for the move, saying that it was one of the ways the students can be treated as adults.