Depending on the age of the child, a child’s school day will likely involve some form of creative arts and crafts, an hour of active play in the playground, then a lengthy portion of the day sat on a chair.
The perfect clothing items for these rugged, mucky, sticky, sweaty activities would be loose-fitting, inexpensive, and comfortable. Yet most school uniforms are the exact opposite. They are essentially formal clothes, often requiring students to wear ties and slacks. They are in no way fit for purpose.
When they get ruined, which they inevitably will, parents have to buy expensive new shirts, shoes, blazers, ties, and shoes, only to have them get ripped, stained and torn to shreds all over again.
In an effort to keep costs down, uniforms are often made from cheap materials, making them even more unfit for learning. Polyester shirts and cheap cotton blazers often make children hot in the summer, while offering no insulation in the winter.
There is no way of solving this issue. If schools made uniforms out of better-quality materials, they would be expensive and put an unnecessary financial burden on parents. But keeping them cheap and affordable, means they are impractical. The only way out of the trap is to allow children to wear their own clothes to school.