Punjab’s Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary suspended two officials of the department on Tuesday, a day after the department issued orders for female teachers in government schools to not wear “provocative” clothes. Chaudhary claimed “orders were issued without taking any senior official in confidence”.
The suspension orders have been issued for deputy director Amrish Shukla and assistant director (secondary education) Amarbir Singh. The copy of the orders was undersigned by assistant director.
“The letter was issued without taking any authorisation from seniors and it contained very denigrating language for the female teachers. The two officials responsible for issuing the letter have been suspended with immediate affect,” said an communique from office of the education minister. Chaudhary said the orders by the two officials stood immediately withdrawn. “Any affront to the dignity of the teaching community would not be tolerated,” she said.
“None has the right to use such language for our female teachers and the mindset reflected in the letter is extremely condemnable,” said Chaudhary.
In the orders issued for teachers on Monday, the letter said “teachers should not wear provocative clothes as it affects mindset of students”. It also said “female teachers should not wear jeans, tops and provocative fashionable dresses” during school hours.
Despite repeated attempts, the suspended officials and DPI secondary Sukhdev Kahlon did not respond to calls.