The education ministry today said students who have yet to obtain their uniforms by the time school reopens in March will be allowed to wear tidy and appropriate clothes to school for the first few weeks.
It said permission would be given for this from March 1 to 26, until the mid-term break for the 2021 school year.
Standard 1 and 2 pupils in the country will return to school on March 1, while other primary students will start school the week after.
Secondary students meanwhile will start attending school on April 4, except for those in Form 5 who will start classes on March 8.
The ministry said it had received many inquiries from parents about the rules for school uniforms once students return to the classroom.
“Students do need to wear uniforms to attend school, as laid out in the Ikhtisas Circular Letter No. 3/1983 on School Uniforms of Pupils,” it said.
“But taking into consideration the current circumstances, the ministry would like to announce that students who have not obtained their school uniforms may attend school wearing tidy and appropriate clothing instead.”
It voiced hope that this would allow all students to return to school to resume face-to-face lessons.