(MENAFN - Arab News) Conflicting statements about whether schoolchildren should wear old or new uniforms have created confusion among parents and shop vendors in Jeddah.
Businessmen have claimed big losses due to an accumulation of supply since parents have been hesitant about purchasing new uniforms.
An Education Ministry statement however said students can wear either of the uniforms until the decision is enforced next year.
Mubrarak Al-Asmi official spokesman had earlier announced that uniforms would not change this year leading many parents to think the new uniform would not be valid.
Adil Al-Harbi who sells school uniforms in Jeddah said that the market is still in a state of confusion.
'Large-sized companies in Jeddah had already begun selling new uniforms in accordance with earlier statements but the ministry has since come back and said that the new uniforms would not be officially worn until next year prompting many to refrain from making the purchase.'
Ahmed Al-Ahmari a businessman in the clothing sector said the school uniform market in Jeddah is currently worth SR12 million due to accumulated goods with traders.
'Warehouses are filled with old uniforms' he said. 'Only 15 percent of our total supplies have been sold so far due to the conflicting statements that have made parents reluctant to buy the new attire' Al-Ahmari said.
Ahmed Al-Amoudi a parent said some stores continue to sell old uniforms while other shops are selling the new version.
Khaled Al-Ghamdi also a parent said he purchased the old uniform for his daughter but was forced to go back and return it when she refused to wear it.