JOHANNESBURG – As millions of pupils returned to school yesterday for the beginning of the 2019 school year, the Competition Commission urged schools to adhere to school uniform guidelines aimed at curbing anti-competitive behaviour.
The anti-competitive watchdog said it had met stakeholders, including private schools, suppliers and governing bodies, and the government and had agreed on the implementation of school uniform guidelines issued by the government.
The guidelines included that school uniform should be as generic as possible such that it is obtainable from as many suppliers as possible.
They also stipulated that exclusivity should be limited to items that schools regard as necessary to obtain from pre-selected suppliers, including badges.
Schools should follow a competitive bidding process when appointing suppliers, and appoint more than one supplier to give parents more options, according to the guidelines.