On Saturday, the Assam Govt issued a formal notice setting a dress code for state teachers, prohibiting the wearing of jeans, T-shirts, and leggings at school.
The decree suggests that educators serve as societal mirrors, and their attire should reflect modesty and uphold the importance and purpose of their profession. The department’s guidelines require male teachers to wear formal shirts and pants, while female educators can dress in salwar kameez, saree, or mekhla chadar. The notice further states that flamboyant attire is also not acceptable.
This move comes after some controversy over teachers’ attire, with the department noting that several educators had previously dressed inappropriately, against societal expectations. The government maintains that the new dress code will ensure that teachers present themselves professionally, thereby reflecting positively on their role within the community.
Despite ongoing controversy surrounding the announcement, the state government has stood firm on the decision. The government believes that the dress code will underscore the seriousness and importance of the teaching profession, reinforcing its integral role in shaping society.