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Chanel Åkerström, Snezhana Polishchuk and Leonardo G Baf like their school uniforms Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
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Mr Battye and Ms Cole, head teacher and Pedagogic Leader at the Nordic International School in Norrköping

'I think it's better': students sound off on school uniforms

7:37 min

An international school in Norrköping has been reported to the Schools Inspectorate for demanding that their pupils wear school uniforms.

The Nordic International School opened in Norrköping in August, welcoming 150 children from year four to year eight. What is unusual about them, making them almost unique in Sweden, is that they have as school uniform - or dress code as the school prefers to call it.

"I think it is better to wear a school uniform, because I don't have to worry about which clothes I am going to wear the next day and I don't have to go through my whole closet to look after some good clothes. I just have to wake up in the morning, wash my hair and put on my clothes," says Leonardo G Baf, aged 13, attending year 7 at the school.

"I was bullied in my old school, because I did not have the same clothes as the others, so I like that we have a dress code," said Snezhana Polishchuk, aged 11 in year 5.

Shortly after the school opened, however, the fact that they expect the pupils to follow a dress code was reported to the School's Inspectorate which is currently investigating the matter. The Inspectorate will issue a statement in a few weeks time.

Click on the link above to hear the full report from the Nordic International School. To hear the arguments for and against school uniform, check out the story below, with an interview with the National Board of Education.

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