Still enmeshed in the controversy over the use of hijab by female students, the Kwara State Government on Tuesday turned its focus on teachers with a warning to them against indecent dressing.
Malam Abubakar Bello, the Chairman, Kwara Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), issued the warning in a statement in Ilorin.
The statement signed by the commission’s Press Secretary, Mr Peter Amogbonjaye, advised the teachers to abstain from all dresses capable of demoralising the public.
The warning to teachers followed the long standoff between the state government and the Christian community in the state over the use of hijab by female students in Christian mission schools.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the standoff between the government and the Christian community raised a nationwide storm with insinuations suggesting the imposition of Islamic culture on the schools founded by Christian missionaries.
Giving the warning to the Kwara teachers, Bello said decent dressing was necessary as teachers were perceived as role models in the society.
According to the statement, he advised them to adhere strictly to the dress code of the Civil Service as they were character moulders who should always show good example to the students.
“You have to be role models to your students and shun immodest dress.
“Teachers as character moulders should always show good example to their students.
“You should form the habit of dressing decently in the course of discharging your constitutional duties,’’ the TESCOM boss was quoted as saying in the counsel to teachers in Kwara State on dressing.
Bello stressed the need for teachers to be steadfast and committed to their duties and shun indolence with a view to restoring the lost glory of education in the state.
He also sought for their support and cooperation in order to ensure the success of the present administration’s resolve to boost the education sector. (NAN)