Parents have changed their idea about buying school uniforms

Last update: 23/12/2019

KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 23  – With school reopening in roughly a week, civil servant, Syarifah Noraida Syed Izzudin, 41, has chosen to go online to buy the uniform needed by her eldest child to start Standard 1 next year.

There is plenty of choice and the prices are cheaper, too, she said.

“Besides this, I don’t have to wear myself out looking for uniforms. There are baju kurung priced at just RM12 with the quality on par with what you can get elsewhere.

“The only downside is you can’t try it on. But if it doesn’t fit, some traders allow exchanges,” she said during Bernama’s survey of the back-to-school shopping trend here.

Bernama visited shopping complexes and clothes stores today and saw parents starting to swarm shops for school essentials, with uniforms priced between RM13 and RM33, schoolbags priced between RM13 and RM130 and shoes priced between RM30 and RM50.

Haliza Kamaruddin, 38, a homemaker, said she has allocated RM150 - RM200 for each of her three children aged eight – 16 and decided to get their school essentials from shops in the kampung to support small traders.

“The prices are not that cheap and the same as big stores, but this way I get to help local businesses.

“I’m getting the children two sets of uniforms each, plus shoes and schoolbag. The girl’s uniform is cheaper than the boy’s,” she said.

Private sector work, Muhammad Imran Yunus, 58, said parents nowadays have to start saving early because school essentials are more expensive now compared to the past.

He has allocated almost RM1,000 for his three children aged 10 – 16, which includes sportswear.

“This doesn’t even include the uniforms for their co-curricular activities yet. This is why parents have to put aside money and mustn’t keep preparations till the last moment.

“For me, never mind that it’s pricey as long as it’s good quality because they will be using it for a year,” he said.