A circular issued by the Deputy Director of Public Education (DDPI) of Chikkamagaluru District, clarifying the dress code for female teachers and non-teaching staff in schools, has gone viral on social media. BV Malleshappa, the officer, said there were “no restrictions” on staff coming to work in churidar.
The DDPI issued the circular on July 13, following a request from the Chikkamagaluru District Primary School Teachers Association. Several teachers, especially those in private schools, had complained to the department that their school principals objected to teachers going to work in churidar, insisting that they should wear the saree instead.
“The association and the teachers wanted clarification on this issue. Circulars issued by the state government in 2013 and again in 2017 stipulated that staff members should wear “decent attire”. I reiterated the same thing in the circular, ”he said.
The officer, in his circular, said: “Teaching and non-teaching staff are free to perform their duty while wearing decent attire. It is not possible to take away their individual freedom by ordering them to wear a particular outfit. In addition, he ordered the heads of institutes, both governmental and private, not to raise objections to any “decent dress”.
The copy of the ordinance was shared by many teachers and other professions on social media. Many thanked the officer for issuing such a circular. “I noticed that many people shared the circular (…) I just reiterated what the previous orders said,” said DDPI.