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Pakistan bans jeans for Islamabad teachers, tights for female educators

This is not the first time that an education body has issued such a dress code in Pakistan

Update : 09 Sep 2021, 03:50 PM

In an interesting g turn of events, authorities in Pakistan have asked female teachers in Islamabad to not wear jeans and tights and banned their male counterparts from donning jeans and T-shirts, reports Dawn.

The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), which oversees more than 400 schools and colleges in Islamabad, came up with the move on Monday.

It also asked all principals to ensure that their teaching and non-teaching staff maintain ensured personal hygiene, including regular haircut, beard trimming, nail cutting and use of perfume.

The letter issued by the director academics stated: “All heads of institutions/section in-charges shall ensure that every staff member observes reasonably good measures in their physical appearance and personal hygiene.”

Explaining the dress code, the letter said all staff shall maintain formal dress code while in the institutions, premises and during official gatherings, ceremonies and meetings.

“It is recommended that all teaching staff must wear a teaching gown while teaching in the class and lab coats while taking practical periods in laboratories,” the letter said.

The letter recommended a formal dress for females which includes: “Appropriate simple and decent salwar kameez (traditional dress), trouser, shirt with dupatta/shawl. Purdah observing females are allowed to wear a scarf/hijab while ensuring its clean and neat appearance. Wearing jeans and tights is not allowed in any case.

During winter, coats, blazers as well as sweaters, jerseys, cardigans and shawls of decent colours and design are allowed.

For male staff, the letter mandated appropriate, simple and decent salwar kameez preferably with a waistcoat in accordance with the weather conditions. 

“Wear a dress shirt (full sleeves preferably with tie) and trousers (dress and cotton pants only). Wearing jeans is not allowed in any case. During summer, a half sleeves dress shirt or bush shirt can also be worn but T-shirts of all types are not allowed,” it said.

For males, wearing salwar kameez with waistcoat, pants and shirt with tie (preferably jacket/coat) is mandatory.

For females, event-appropriate decent dress (salwar kameez, trouser, shirt) with dupatta/shawl must be observed. “Fancy/party dresses in official gatherings/meetings are discouraged,” added the letter.

This is not the first time that an education body has issued such a dress code in Pakistan. 

In January-February this year, two universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province had issued strict dress code policies, banning tight-fitted jeans, T-shirts and makeup among other things, according to The Express Tribune. 

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