In many countries, clothing is a personal choice for girls who attend Universities, Colleges, TAFEs and other higher education institutions. Laos is a country that has been able to conserve and encourage the culture handed down from generation to generation.
The "sinh" (long skirt) is a traditional dress for Lao girls and the official national dress of Laos. Although Lao girls entering higher education may be old enough to choose what they should be wearing to school, authorities imposes a strict dress code in place that require all female students to wear a sinh.
The aim of the dress code in Laos is to show respect to Lao culture and heritage, to set a good example to others, to not tarnage the image of Lao girls, to create an appropriate academic climate, to show high standards of neatness and appropriateness which encourage an atmosphere conducive to learning and discipline. Furthermore, it is felt that pride in one's school, oneself and one's motherland is, in part, influenced by wearing a sinh.
The traditional clothing issue for Lao girls has never been a problem in Lao universities, and you wouldn't find many Lao people throughout the country that is against the compulsory outfit because Lao girls have been wearing sinh to universities for many centuries.
If the law was changed, many female students may dress inappropriately that is likely to offend others such as provocative or revealing clothing, or in ways not in keeping with Lao tradition. This can lead to social problems including rape, human trafficking, a rise in entertainment workers and family problems that can damage the country's culture. The sinh policy in Laos also applies to all female employees and teachers at the university to establish a high standard of appropriate wear.
Lao university students look absolutely charming and beautiful in a silk sinh, and it's nice that they display the traditional clothes that represent Lao identity and unique culture.