11 Oct 2012

Tahiti school uniforms stay despite court challenge

2:44 pm on 11 October 2012

French Polynesia's education minister, Tauhiti Nena, says the requirement to wear school uniforms remains despite a court ruling invalidating last May's letter he had sent to schools on the matter.

Some parents had taken legal action to challenge Mr Nena's decision to introduce uniforms in secondary schools from the start of the current school year in August.

They claimed that his decision was disproportionate and violated the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The court found that there was no basis in law for Mr Nena to issue the instructions.

The minister has accepted the ruling, but says nothing changes because school administrations have decided subsequently on the dress code, which he says is being supported by a majority of parents.