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White shirt and black trousers for men and saris for women: Uttarakahnd teachers get dress code

The school education department has now decided that those undergoing teachers training will be the first ones to follow the rule.

dehradun Updated: May 26, 2017 20:38 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Teachers in the state are upset with the dress code.(HT file photo)

After higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat announced uniform dress code for teachers in colleges, the school education department also ensured that teachers adhere to the dress code. The school education department has now decided that those undergoing teachers training will be the first ones to follow the rule.

According to an official letter from director education and research Seema Jaunsari, male teachers undergo training at the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), State Institute of Educational Management and Training (SIEMAT) and District Institute of Educational and Training (DIET) will have to wear white shirt and black trousers while women should wear saris.

Initially, this dress code will be followed on all days except Wednesday and Saturdays.

The decision has drawn flak. Government teachers have said that they won’t “hesitate” to follow the dress code but demanded that it should be applicable to education department officials too.

Sohan Singh, general secretary of government middle school teachers association, said, “There are rare cases where male teachers wear t-shirts and women jeans. There’s no problem with the dress code but it should be followed by officers heading district and state. Why should teachers be singled out?”

Sources claim that education officers, particularly women, are commonly dressed in salwar suits and they should be wearing saris.

“The tragedy in Uttarakhand is that instead of strengthening the education system, there’s emphasis on allied subjects that has nothing to do with delivering better results,” Virendra Krishali, president of primary government teachers association said.

“Many women teachers are posted in remote areas and they have to walk a few miles to reach school. Saris are not preferred under such circumstances. Teachers should not be allowed to wear western outfits, but making sari mandatory would put teachers at risk of meeting accidents,” a woman teacher posted in Sahiya block of Chakrata, Dehradun, who did not want to be named, said.

The department, however, is in no mood to give any leverage to teachers. “The direction is currently for teachers undergoing training, but it will gradually be adopted in schools in the coming days,” Jaunsari said.

First Published: May 26, 2017 20:37 IST