The Assam government issued a notification on Saturday bringing a dress code for teachers in all state-run schools in the state and has banned jeans and leggings, officials said. The Department of School Education of the state government has asked both male and female teachers not to wear T-shirts, jeans, leggings, etc. in schools.
A notification issued by the Department of School Education said that a teacher is expected to be an example of all sorts of decency, especially while discharging their duties; hence, it has become necessary to follow a dress code.
“It has come to the attention of the undersigned that some teachers of educational institutions are found to be in the habit of wearing the dress of their choice, which sometimes does not appear to be acceptable by the public at large. Since a teacher is expected to be an example of all sorts of decency, especially while discharging their duties, it has become necessary to follow a dress code that should reflect a sense of decorum, decency, professionalism, and seriousness of purpose at the workplace,” the notification said.
The department also directed the teachers that both male and female teachers should be dressed up in clean, modest, and decent clothes in sober colours, which should not look flashy. Casual and party apparel should be strictly avoided.
It further said that the above order shall be complied with scrupulously by all concerned, and any deviation from this may invite disciplinary action as per rules. Reacting to this, Assam Education Minister Dr. Ranoj Pegu said that the Assam government is going to introduce a school rule book for all government schools that has broader things about how the school is to be managed and how the classes are to be conducted.