26 Jul Uniformity in Uniform
all teachers should be in uniform . The reactions from the Principal and
teachers gave me a feeling that I had made a blunder. Ridiculous ! How could I
even think of such a weird idea? “We are not air hostesses!” “We have passed
the school stage” and so on. I went on to acquire feedback from many other
schools and found there was no such custom in any other school. I dropped the
idea and forgot about it. It was not a workable idea and had zero
This incident of 2002
flashed back in my mind when a few days ago I conducted a workshop in Gurukul
International School, Solan. I was delighted to see all the teachers in a smart
and simple uniform. They all looked so beautiful. The entire class looked so
nice. My idea was not so stupid!! What was considered stupid and not workable
in 2002 turned out to be smart and workable in 2014.
I was tempted to get their responses. Were they forced by
the management?. Were they uncomfortable or felt bad in wearing the uniform?? To
my utter surprise I could not find anyone unhappy about it. Even if a new
teacher found it uncomfortable in the beginning, she got used to it. The
answers I got from lady teachers, who are in a vast majority, were something
It is a blessing. We don’t get into the rat race and compete
with other teachers on the subject of
wardrobe. We don’t compare sarees and jewelry and that cuts out unnecessary
jealousies and competition and even staff room gossip.
We are happy with this simple dress and we send
out a message of simple living to the students.
We don’t waste time in deciding what to wear. No
decision making. Just one option. Get into the uniform and go.
We save money. Teachers in other schools spend
much more on their wardrobe.
It brings in unity and uniformity, and we like
Visitors, parents, vendors etc who visit our
school like the idea and praise it.
On Saturdays we wear casuals, so that gives us
an opportunity to wear different clothes, too.
On functions we are to wear formals where we
wear sarees. So, we do have variety too, though limited.
were also happy with the idea but not with the uniform. They found the ladies
uniform smarter and more impressive.
It will be nice to have some views on this subject.