Uniforms

Schools uniforms are generally compulsory in India, from primary to higher-secondary level. Some schools in the cities,especially those professing affiliation to foreign educational boards, do not have any uniforms. Boys' uniforms often consist of light-colored shirt, usually bluewhite, and dark long trousersshorts. Girls' uniforms are most often shirt and skirt, especially at the primary level. While privately run schools continue with the same uniforms for secondary and higher secondary girl students, government-aided schools schools employ Salwar Kameez orSaree for girls at these levels. Certain schools require their students to wear a tie especially many schools run by Christian missionaries. As a policy decision, the Indian government does not ban children from sporting religious symbols. Some Muslim girls wear a veil and many Sikh boys a turban in addition to the school uniform. Most schools, whether publicprivate, prohibit the students from wearing long hair and/or coloring it.