Students in South Korea could start the new school year in casual attire as the country faces a shortage of uniforms, BBC News reported.
The school year starts on March 2, and the weeks leading up to it are traditionally one of the busiest times for uniform suppliers.
But manufacturers based at the Kaesong Industrial Complex just across the border in North Korea say they had to abandon thousands of uniforms when the North ordered all South Korean workers to leave the jointly run complex earlier this month.
The South had earlier announced the suspension of its operations at the complex in response to North Korea’s rocket launch and nuclear test.
One clothing company told The Korea Times it left behind more than 80,000 school uniforms, and that several other manufacturers had to do the same.
Suppliers are now working overtime to catch up, the paper reported.
South Korea’s Education Ministry acknowledged there are likely to be delays and has told schools to relax their dress codes until there are enough uniforms to go around.
But while some students might be pleased, many parents aren’t happy.
One told the newspaper new clothes are an important part of the new school year, saying: “This nonsense is negatively affecting children.”
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