Mizoram’s School Education Department has issued an order asking educational institutes in the state to enforce from the 2011 academic session a decent dress code.
The order followed a recommendation from the department’s Committee on Indecent School Dress and Hairstyle formed earlier this year. A crusade by the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (students’ union) demanding a ban on ‘seductive uniforms’ in schools had made the government form the panel.
The students’ body had observed that school uniforms were getting “too sexy for comfort”. It had particularly objected to underwear-revealing low-slung trousers and the micro miniskirts besides funky colour-streaked hairstyles.
“The order applicable for primary to higher secondary schools from next year was issued on Tuesday. We have a number of do’s and don’ts for students. A first-time violator of this order will be fined Rs. 300. The second violation entails a fine of Rs. 500 while a third offence will lead to his or her expulsion from school.
The reason for termination will as per rule have to be mentioned in transfer certificates,” said school education department secretary Esther Lalruatkimi from state capital Aizawl.
The order also outlines punitive action against school authorities failing to ensure dress decency during session.
In a separate order, the school education department prohibited extra tight dresses, very short hair with hair colour, ear-rings, jewellery on any part of the body, use of powder, lipstick, spray perfume, nail polish, eye liner and colour lip gloss for the girls.
The order also prohibited extra loose and very tight pants, use of hair gel, bringing of mobile phones, pen drives, walkman, discman, iPod, etc., by the students. Besides, students have been prohibited from bringing two-wheelers and cars to school and even driving in school uniform.
Possession of cigarette, any gutkha product, tobacco, and non-text books such has glossy magazines and posters have also been prohibited.