After making uniform dress code mandatory in all government colleges and offices in Madhya Pradesh, the state government is now eyeing schools teachers. Yes, as per the new initiative, from the next academic session, all the teachers appointed in the government schools across the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh will have uniform dress codes for students as well as teachers. This has been made mandatory by the state government to introduce the dress codes are completed – as told to school education minister Kunwar Vijay Shah by the officials of his department at a review meeting.
While on duty, the teachers will be required to wear an apron with a name plate on it. As per the new proposal colours of uniforms for the students of 1.23 lakh government schools in the state will be the same. The state’s 2.5 lakh teachers will also have to wear identical Nehru jackets (or Modi Jackets as prominent BJP leaders like to call it).
Designers were roped in to design the dresses. Designs for the dress of 38 lakh high school and higher secondary students and jacket for teachers are prepared by separate designers. Uniforms to 50 lakhs students of elementary and middle schools will be distributed through self-help groups. In September itself, the announcement to introduce the uniform dress code for teachers was made by the school education minister Vijay Shah. The initiative was taken to give the teachers a “feel that they are on an important duty” and to infuse stronger professionalism among them.
With this, MP will become a pioneering state to have introduced the dress code for teachers and its aim is to give teachers an identity as Rashtra Nirmata (nation builders).
The decision to implement a dress code for teachers has evoked a somewhat mixed reaction. While some teachers expressed happiness at having being given a uniform, others feel that instead of wasting energy on ‘ornamental’ changes, the government needs to focus on more important aspects such as improving facilities available in schools or even increasing the number of teachers in government schools in MP, which is acutely low.
In the meeting, school education secretary Deepti Gaur Mukherjee informed the minister about various other initiatives of the department.
During the next academic session, free cycles will be provided to around 6.75 lakh students of class 6th to 9th standards. In the meeting, it was also informed that the works to “provide proper electric connections” to 1800 government schools will be carried out in 2017.
The officials have been told by the minister to ensure the availability of furniture in all the school for smooth functioning. A budgetary provision of Rs 25 crore was made for this. They have been further asked to ensure proper security in the girls’ hostels of the government schools. Moreover, the superintendents and women security guards should be available 24×7 in the hostels.