– The Mercury – 1 October 2008
PRETORIA: The dress code of about 45 000 teachers could soon be under review to ensure that they looked professional, the SA Council for Educators said yesterday.
Briefing journalists in Centurion, council head Reg Brijraj said that
the body had instructed schools to hold meetings with interested parties
by the end of the year; to consider the present dress of their teachers
and draft guidelines.
The decision to ask schools came after the SA Council for Educators –
a statutory body – was directed by the education ministry o look
at dress codes after the department “allegedly” received a
number of complaints.
He said that while the regulator was required by law to act against offenders who did not dress properly, it had to date received no complaints. However, it was its mandate to investigate and make pronouncements on the “extreme forms of dress” that brought the profession into disrepute.
Council chairman Anthea Ceresto said breaching the dress code was not
a dismissable offence at this stage.