The Haryana education department has issued a directive to school teachers in the state asking them not to wear jeans to work.
As per the order issued by the office of the director, elementary education, the district education officers have been asked to ensure that teachers do not wear jeans when they go to school or to the office of the education department.
The order reads, “It is observed that teachers of primary and middle schools come to schools wearing jeans. Further, they come to the office of the education department wearing jeans, which is not appropriate. Kindly ensure that teachers wear formal clothes in schools and not jeans.”
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Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana, School Education Department, P K Das said, “The orders have been issued at Directorate level. The logic is – the teacher is expected to be a role model to students and display discipline and propriety in dressing.”
Deepak Goswami, general secretary of the Rajkiya Prathmik Shikshak Sangh, Haryana, said such a step should have been taken after consultation with teachers’ associations.
“We do not mind if the government gives us a dress code. It is enforced for teachers in some states in the country. But teachers should be asked what kind of dress code they want. It is not right to issue such letters without consultation. A large number of teachers who are teaching in the schools are young.
“They at times wear jeans. It seems that some official did not like it that teachers were wearing jeans when they went to the education department office and the order was issued,” says Goswami.
Last year, the Surat Municipal Corporation had introduced a dress code for teachers in schools under it. The male teachers are required to wear ivory-green striped shirts with dark green trousers, while the female teachers are required to wear sarees.
Haryana guest teachers’ association spokesperson Dharambir Kaushik said, “It is an illogical order. There may be a few teachers who wear jeans. Most teachers dress formally. Instead of focusing on issues to improve the quality of education, the government is issuing such directions.”