The Ceylon Teachers Union today lashed out at Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya over a statement he is alleged to have made that he would be issuing a dress code for lady teachers making it mandatory to wear their sarees above the navel.
According to the chief minister’s statement which was carried by the media, schoolgirls will not be allowed to wear their dancing costumes below the navel.
Scoffing at the CM’s statement, CTU President Joseph Stalin told Daily Mirror that it was up to the lady teachers to decide how to wear their sarees and not for the Chief Minister to dictate how it should be done.
“We condemn this statement. It is an anachronistic proposal. We see nothing wrong with teachers wearing sarees below the belly button. It may be that there is something wrong with Mr. Devapriya’s eye sight. We like to ask the Chief Minister whether the belly button is the main concern facing the education sector in the Western Province,” he said.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said his ministry was not taking any decision on this matter because there was no valid reason to lay down rules or regulations on how teachers’ should wear their sarees.
He said it was the responsibility of lady teachers to wear their clothes in a manner which was not an insult or a slur on their profession. (Piyumi Fonseka)
Comments - 19
critic Tuesday, 10 November 2015 03:33 PM
The news headline should read:"CTU President Joseph Stalin insists teachers display their navels"
Lokka Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:02 PM
What an issue !! These politicians see only below the navel.
SikKuru Thursday, 12 November 2015 05:01 PM
Looks this issue as the last matter to resolve as per the election manifesto since the rest are well solved.
Giabao Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:54 PM
There is some truth in this. Some ladies also wear very skimpy blouses with no arms, etc. general guideline for teachers is a good thing.
SIRIBIRIS Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:09 PM
AGREE WITH MINISTER AKILA VIRAJ..."it was the responsibility of lady teachers to wear their clothes in a manner which was not an insult or a slur on their profession"
TONY Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:59 PM
THE SCHOOL IS AN INSTITUTION TO DISCIPLINE CHILDREN. YOU CAN CONTROL THE CHILDREN ONLY IF YOU ARE DECENT AND DISCIPLINED. THEREFORE, IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE TEACHERS TO DRESS MODESTLY
Joseph Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:09 PM
attitiude Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:31 PM
this is totally against democracy.. We are not some arab country
Hon. Arnolis Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:30 PM
The Real Joseph Stalin will be turning in his grave had he knew about the fake Joseph Stalin the pervert. Joe why not hit back at the CM by having a grand show of belly buttons.
rw Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:42 PM
we must paint the bellies of Sigiri Lalanawa via DM Android App
Nujra Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:19 AM
So you consider showing the navel to be a fashion show ? Poor you.
ANTON Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:49 PM
I THINK WE DONT NEED POLITICIANS FOR THE EDUCATION..... BUT EDUCATION FOR THE POLITICIANS.
OMG Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:49 PM
Better not implement it. If implemented the number of boys will who attend school will reduce.
paths Tuesday, 10 November 2015 04:58 PM
I think TEACHERS should NOT wear sarees BELOW NAVEL at SCHOOL. School is NOT a place for FASHION PARADE. They can do this in the evenings when they attend parties.
Robin Tuesday, 10 November 2015 05:29 PM
I confess that I too was attracted to few teachers due to their sexy display of their belly buttons while at school.
kumaran Tuesday, 10 November 2015 06:05 PM
Typical stupidity of our typical politicians !! So much to do in education but this man concentrates on a trivial matter !!! God help us.
kale Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:02 AM
Look on the bright side, it could be worse!
Veda-mama Tuesday, 10 November 2015 03:06 PM
Hello Chief Minister. First of all, you should issue an order preventing school children from viewing Sigiriya frescoes ....
Frez Tuesday, 10 November 2015 03:10 PM
yeah navel and avant garde are the biggest issues we face today
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