There is nothing new in students of zilla parishad schools wearing uniforms. In Buldhana district of central Maharashtra, however, teachers too wear them.
The concept was introduced by SJ Koche, Buldhana zilla parishad chief executive officer, soon after he returned from a training programme for IAS officers, in South Korea last year.
“We were in South Korea for 15 days and in the schools we visited, I saw that even teachers wore uniforms,” said Koche. “The sight was impressive and I made it a point to implement the same back home,” he said.
“If students can come in uniform, why not teachers, because students imbibe discipline from teachers,” he said.
His novel scheme met with stiff opposition initially, Koche said. However, later on, everything fell in place.
Now, besides 2.30 lakh students, around 8,000 teachers in 1,840 zilla parishad schools in the district, wear uniforms.
“The idea has been lapped up by families of teachers,” Koche said. “Their wives have written to me, saying now their husbands come home on time, unlike earlier days, when they used to loiter around. Now, with uniform, they simple cannot risk going to the places they frequented earlier for fear of being recognised.”
The villagers have also appreciated the concept, Koche said. “They say they now know who the teacher is.”
The colours for teachers are white shirt and black pant while for students it is blue pant and white shirt, he said. PTI