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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Govt bans jeans, tights from educational institutes

The Federal Directorate of Education bans teachers from wearing jeans, tights, and t-shirts. Female teachers can only wear simple and decent Shalwar Kameez with a dupatta/shawl. Meanwhile, male teachers too will wear shalwar kameez but with waistcoats.

The Federal Government issued an official dress code for teachers and staff of educational institutes. The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) asked female teachers not to wear jeans and tights. They also banned male teachers from wearing jeans and t-shirts.

The letter by FDE recommended a formal dress for females which includes appropriate simple and decent shalwar kameez, trouser, shirt with dupatta/shawl. Meanwhile, male teachers will wear shalwar kameez and waistcoats. Also, male teachers should regularly get haircuts.

Females observing “pardah” can wear a scarf/hijab but they should be neat and clean. However, teachers are banned from wearing jeans and tights at all costs.

“Fancy/party dresses in official gatherings/meetings are discouraged,” added the letter.

As for shoes, teachers can only wear formal ones. Since teachers spend long hours standing, they can wear flat comfortable shoes, but they cannot wear informal footwear like slippers.

The notification says all the teachers must don teaching gowns in classes and lab coats in laboratories.

Read more: Hazara University issues dress code for males, females in campus


Riyasat-e-Madina in the making?

Teachers maintained that while a dress code is necessary, the instructions for haircuts should be for students. It is absurd that teachers should be under pressure to keep their “hair cuts” in check.

Many Twitteratis lauded the decision as they expressed confidence in PM Khan’s vision for “Riyasat-e-Madina.” According to PM Khan, Pakistan suffered because it lost sight of Quaid’s vision, modeled after Madina.

PM Khan has been very vocal regarding his criticism of the “Westernization of Pakistan.” Therefore, under his leadership, the PTI government is on a mission to reform Pakistan.

Read more: Pakistan aims to fight Islamophobia via Quran education

However, Twitteratis expressed concerns over the government’s decision to ban jeans and tights. They voiced their anger over the “demonizing” of jeans, especially for women.

Some even went as far as to claim that the Taliban government is impacting Pakistan.

Whatever the claims may be, it is important to understand the value of a proper dress code. Even Ivy League universities, like Harvard, have a proper dress code.