Hyderabad: In a bizarre move, the Andhra Pradesh Government has reportedly directed teachers to follow a dress code barring them from being dressed in “jean pants, T-shirts, round neck T-shirts, flip-flop shoes etc’.

A government directive, issued earlier this week has also told the teachers not to carry mobile phones while on duty.

According to reports, the rule applies to the teachers in the government schools and affiliated institutions. The directive said that teachers would have to follow a dress code ‘appropriate to the profession’.

Following the government order, teachers in over two lakh schools will be banned from being dressed in “jean pants, 8 pocket or 4pocket pants, T-shirts, round neck T-shirts and flip-flop shoes etc”.

The directive comes after an inspection by the State School Education Minister Sake Sailajanath. In his inspection last month, the minister had found teachers dressed in jeans and T-shirts which ‘do not look professional’ and hence the new set of guidelines.

Reports had also quoted him as saying that glamorous dresses by teachers were hampering concentration of students.

Asserting that loud ringtones are a major distraction for students, the Minister said headmasters should ensure that teachers do not carry mobile phones into the classroom. He also asked the principals to making it mandatory for teachers to submit their phones in the principal’s cabin.


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