In line with the various government school teachers associations who have decided to oppose the state government’s decision to implement a dress code for teachers, the teaching staff and the teachers of Dhanori area have also shown their resentment. Most of the teachers arrived in the schools without dress code on Tuesday. They even clicked one photograph and presented to the officials of the education department, while principals of the schools were seen in new dress code.
Notably a week before, the state had sent circulars to schools asking them to implement light blue shirt with steel grey trousers for male teachers and light blue saree or suit for female teachers. All the members of the Uttarakhand primary teachers union boycotted the decision.
The chairman of Uttarakhand primary teachers Association Manoj Chauhan said, “Unless our long pending demands are met, we shall not comply with the proposed dress code. A delegation of our members shall meet the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on August 8.” He further added that all teachers in opposition to this decision of the state government. There is no allowance given to the teachers for the new dress, lamented another teacher Kiran Sharma. “The government must concentrate on key issues to improve quality of education, providing infrastructure. Will the new dress code make an impact on the students, questioned another teacher.
The teachers have made a long list of demands including enhanced pay structure and timely annual promotions.
In others states of India, there has been a mixed response to the dress code implementation. The Punjab education department had also withdrawn its notification a day after its announcement in May, last month. In some of the schools the teacher students ratio is 2 : 90, which the students have also strongly opposed and demanded appointment of new teachers.