Dress code: Suspension of teacher revoked

Dress code: Suspension of teacher revoked

Education authorities have ordered the management of an aided high school to revoke its decision to suspend a woman teacher for allegedly turning down its order to wear a "light green" overcoat during duty hours.

The District Educational Officer issued the orders in this regard yesterday after conducting a probe and hearing the teacher and the management, officials said.

Jameela K, a mathematics teacher of Sullamussalam High School at nearby Areekkode, was suspended for 15 days last month for allegedly refusing to wear the overcoat in the prescribed colour. The order revoking the management action came a day before the suspension period was over.

The school authorities, however, had disputed her contention that they had enforced the dress code, holding that it was a collective decision of the teachers.

Jameela had alleged that though she wore a white overcoat, the management insisted she don the green outfit. She also moved the state Human Rights Commission against the management's action and the panel had directed the official to inquire into the complaint.

Teachers in the school had been given the choice to wear either a black pardha or "asparagus", which is light green, not the deep green which is associated with the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), whose nominee is the education minister.

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