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Federal Education Directorate bans jeans for male and female teachers.

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According to Dawn, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Monday instructed female teachers not to wear jeans and tights and banned male teachers from wearing jeans and t-shirts.

All principals have been requested to ensure that their teaching and non-teaching staff (both male and female) maintain personal hygiene, which includes regular haircuts, beard trimming, nail cutting, and perfume usage.

The FDE sent a letter ordering principals of schools and colleges to ensure that the dress code and personal cleanliness of the staff are followed.

“All heads of institutions/section in-charges must ensure that every staff member follows fairly excellent measures in their physical appearance and personal hygiene,” according to the letter sent by the director academics.
This involves a regular haircut, beard trimming, nail trimming, showering, and the use of deodorants/perfume. According to the letter, gatekeepers must wear uniforms, and any support staff may be assigned a uniform as well.

“It is recommended that all teaching staff wear teaching gowns while teaching in the classroom and lab coats while taking practical periods in laboratories,” the letter stated, adding that non-teaching staff must be presentable and neat, wearing clean and properly ironed clothes and appropriate shoes.

The letter specified a formal dress for females, which includes: “appropriate simple and acceptable shalwar qameez, trouser, shirt with dupatta/shawl.” Females who observe Purdah are allowed to wear a scarf/hijab as long as it is clean and tidy. In any case, wearing jeans and tights is allowed. Only formal shoes (pumps, loafers, and mules) are allowed. Because of the long-standing hours, while teaching, comfortable shoes such as sneakers and sandals may also be worn. However, wearing slippers is strictly allowed.”

Coats, blazers, sweaters, jerseys, cardigans, and shawls of appropriate color and design are allowed throughout the winter season.

The letter instructed male employees to “wear suitable, simple, and respectable shalwar qameez, preferably with waistcoat, in line with the weather circumstances.” Wear a dress shirt (ideally with long sleeves and a tie) and trousers (dress and cotton pants only). In any case, wearing jeans is allowed. During the summer, a half-sleeved dress shirt or bush shirt may be worn, but all kinds of t-shirts are not permitted.”

“Only formal shoes (dress shoes, loafers, moccasins, and boots) must be worn, and due to the long hours spent teaching, comfortable shoes such as sneakers and sandals may also be worn. “However, wearing slippers is strictly allowed,” according to the letter.

It said that men must wear shalwar qameez with waistcoat, trouser, and shirt with tie (ideally jacket/coat).

Females must wear an event-appropriate respectable dress (shalwar qameez, trouser, shirt) with a dupatta/shawl. “Fancy/party clothes are prohibited at official gatherings/meetings,” the letter said.

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