The Gujarat government has made it mandatory for vidya sahayaks (teaching assistants) to wear sarees at work. A new list of 14 must dos for vidya sahayaks makes saree compulsory for women. Pant-shirt or kurta-pyjama have been made mandatory for men.
This latest set of rules was handed out along with the appointment letters to more than 6,500 newly appointed vidya sahayaks on August 23. Anganwadi workers can wear sarees or salwar kameez,which have to be in pink and black prints. Male teachers have to avoid T-shirts or jeans on duty. The District Education Officer (DEO) and District Primary Education Officer (DPEO) have been authorised to terminate the services of a vidya sahayak who does not comply with any of these rules.
Other rules include general instructions about regular attendance,compliance of principals orders,ensuring regular attendance of students,encouraging them to participate in extra curricular activities and participating in teachers training activities from time to time. A teacher is a role model for students. A role model should be decently attired. A saree is apt for a teacher, said District Primary Education Officer (DPEO) M M Jani.
Jani,along with Chief Minister Narendra Modi,handed over appointment letters to the newly inducted vidya sahayaks from Ahmedabad district,Gandhinagar district and Ahmedabad city at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Friday. Among over 300 vidya sahayaks from these three areas,there were eight to 10 Muslim (both men and women) vidya sahayaks. Two of them were personally handed over the appointment letters by Modi during the programme.