Published On: Sat, Jun 11th, 2016

Haryana govt bans jeans for teachers

Chandigarh: After introducing Gita in the school syllabus, the BJP government in Haryana has barred school teachers from wearing jeans.

Usually, it is noticed that the teachers of government primary and middle schools come to the schools wearing jeans.

It is noticed that the teachers of government primary and middle schools come to the schools wearing jeans.

The government says the teachers should become “role models” for the students and desist from wearing jeans in schools as it is considered improper attire, especially in the rural areas.

According to district fundamental education officer Raj Kumar Falswal, “Jeans cannot be recognised as a proper dress. It comes under the category of prevocational dress and sends out a wrong message, especially to girls. We have to maintain decency in educational institutions and provide a healthy atmosphere for students.”

Falswal further said that in primary classes students used to sit on the floor and hence teachers also follow it.

As some jeans are skin tight, they can’t sit on the floor.

Meanwhile, the board’s decision has resulted in sharp reactions from school teachers and college faculties.

Vinod Thakran, state president of primary teachers association, said such decisions are generally heard in Islamic states like Syria and Afghanistan. We have not heard such a dress code in any place of Haryana.

“The state education department and different boards should enhance the quality of education rather than implementing unorthodox dress code on teachers. Jeans come under the category of formal dress nowadays. Why the education board is pointing figures on it is hard to understand. The state government has been taking such decisions to hide its failures,” Thakran said.

Haryana education institute association also came out in support of the government teachers.

Yashpal Yadav, association state president said enforcing dress code on teachers was not a wise decision.

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