Fabian Demicoli

Consultation: Preliminary report on the supply of school uniforms

The Office for Competition within the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) undertook a fact-finding exercise on the supply of school uniforms and drew up a preliminary report on its findings.

 

A number of state, church and independent schools at different educational levels were selected to obtain information on school uniform prices and the manner by which school uniforms are supplied. A series of price comparative exercises were conducted to determine the minimum, mean and maximum prices of frequently compulsory school uniform items.

The Office found that uniforms specific to the school bought from specific points of purchase reflect higher prices and a lack of choice on quality and retailer. It was also noted that prices of certain uniform items appear to be considerably high across all three types of schools. Basing itself on the conclusions derived from the numerous exercises conducted, the Office proposed a set of recommendations on how the conditions of competition in the market for the supply of school uniforms may be improved to the benefit of parents and stakeholders.

In view of the above, the Office considers that there is further scope for investigation of this market in terms of the Competition Act.

The report is open for consultation:

https://secure2.gov.mt/consumer/consultations?|=1

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