Pakistan’s education ministry bans jeans and T shirts for women teachers

9th September 2021

9th September 2021

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It seems straight from the book of the Talibans. Pakistan too has begun banning clothes for both men and women. According to a report in Dawn newspaper, Pakistan's Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has issued a notification asking women teachers not to wear jeans and tights. Male teachers have also been banned from wearing jeans and T-shirts.

Issuing the detailed guideline, the letter by the director academics stated, “For males, wearing shalwar kameez with waistcoat, pant and shirt with tie (preferably jacket/coat) was mandatory. For females, event-appropriate decent dress (shalwar kameez, trouser, shirt) with dupatta/shawl must be observed. Moreover, fancy or party dresses in official gatherings and meetings of the schools and colleges have been strongly discouraged.” 

“All heads of institutions/section in-charges shall ensure that every staff member observes reasonably good measures in their physical appearance and personal hygiene,” it added further. 

It goes even further to describe such good measures as a regular haircut, beard trimming, nail cutting, shower and use of deodorant or perfume.

Slippers are disallowed for both genders and as per the guidelines, only formal shoes (pumps, loafers and mules) and comfortable shoes (sneakers and sandals) can be worn.

This is not the first time an education body in Pakistan has issued such directives. In January this year, strict policies banning tight-fitted jeans, T-shirts and makeup was issued in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for girls to make them understand the ‘values of Islam.’


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