You are an education minister of a state. Recently, lot of reports on how women teachers of secondary school dresses up came and emphasized that many teachers wear ungracious and western type of attire which are against Indian cultural ethos while they are in school. People from one cultural group meet you and wants you to clear your mind about that to the public. There is an opinion in air that such things put indelible mark on the impressionable minds of the adolescent students about ‘image of teachers’ in general and ‘women’ in particular. Public expects something from you in the given situation. Answer the following questions related to it: (a) As a minister, when public is expecting something from you, what would you do to safeguard the Indian cultural ethos regarding teachers and women on dress matters? (b) You are a minister in official capacity and a public representative, but you must also have your personal opinion than the public expectations. Do you think that dress is a matter of personal choice and there should be no official dictate regarding it? (c) Also, can you say that what matters is the quality of education and not the type of dress teachers wear? (d) There must be views from both the sides, one may go with you and other will criticize you. Give arguments for and against the dress code for teachers in schools. (250 Words)

Answer:

(a) As a minister, when the public is expecting something from you, what would you do to safeguard the Indian cultural ethos regarding teachers and women on dress matters?

  • Dress code is a matter of discipline as well as cultural ethos and identity. The Minister should suggest the stakeholders to seek a consensus with regard to these.
  • He should not, however, interfere either with the choice of institutions or individuals.
  • It is about a process to sensitize people regarding Indian cultural ethos as well as the sanctity of schools as a public place.

(b) You are a minister in official capacity and a public representative, but you must also have your personal opinion than the public expectations. Do you think that dress is a matter of personal choice and there should be no official dictate regarding it?

  • As a personal opinion, the dress is a matter of personal choice.
  • Rather than prohibition for people to choose their dresses, it is better to promote self-discipline with the help of education and awareness.

(c) Also can you say that what matter is quality of education and not the type of dress teachers wear?

  • Education is a whole package of knowledge, skill and good social values and ethics. So all these matters.

(d) There must be views from both sides, one may go with you and others will criticize you. Give arguments for and against the dress code for teachers in schools.

  • Arguments for dress code are based on protection of culture and instilling ethical and moral values, especially regarding how to dress in public or places which have special sanctity.
  • The other side of the argument comes for the idea of freedom and liberty as well as the privacy of the individuals.
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