An order has been forwarded to all the DEOs and principals in Ludhiana to make sure that teachers wear decent clothes to school. The instructions were issued after receiving numerous complaints from parents of students about teachers.
An order has been forwarded to all the district education officers (DEOs) and principals in Ludhiana by Punjab’s director for public instructions (DPI), secondary, to make sure that teachers wear decent clothes to school. The instructions were issued after receiving numerous complaints from parents of students about teachers, particularly women, wearing “provocative”, “glittery” and “fashionable” clothes.
Female teachers should not wear fashionable clothes
As per a HT report, the order says in Punjabi, “Sarkari schoolan vich adhyapakaan duara, khas taur te ladies adhyapakaan duara, bhadkeele pehnawe pa ke apni duty keeti jaandi hai. Kai ladies teachers duara jeans-top te kai tarah de uksaau, fashionable dress pehen ke school duty keeti jaandi hai, jis da vidyarthiyan te asar penda hai.”
Translated: “In government schools, teachers, particularly female teachers, wear bright/glittery clothes on duty. Many female teachers wear jeans and top, and many types of provocative and fashionable clothes on duty, which has an effect on the students.”
Dress code to be implemented
Although the schools have also been asked to implement a dress code, its particulars have not been defined in the order by DPI (S) Sukhdev Singh Kalhon. DEOs have been directed to conduct surprise checks.
Teachers not happy with the order
The orders did not go very well with the teachers.
Varinder Pathak, a chemistry lecturer in a government school , said, “I think teachers should be given the liberty to wear clothes of their choice. If a teacher is wearing jeans or other western outfits, there is no harm in it.”
Another government school teacher, Anu Verma, argued that the order lacks logic “as few teachers wear jeans”. “It is mostly observed that female teachers wear suits (salwa-kameez) and have proper dressing sense,” she said.