Arunachal: Call for traditional dress in schools once a week

Itanagar: In a bid to promote the ‘Vocal for Local’ mantra, the Arunachal Pradesh Private Schools and Children Welfare Association (APPS&CWA) has made it mandatory for all the private schools to ensure that their students wear ‘traditional dresses’ at least once a week (preferably Monday) during the 2022-23 academic session.

This was on Thursday informed by APPS&CWA vice-president Tarh Jhony who said that the resolution to implement the same, including many others concerning the schools, staff and students, were adopted during the general body meeting of the association held recently.

Representatives from more than 180 schools of state took part in the meeting.

 “All private schools will be following the same academic schedule when it comes to wearing the traditional dresses. However, exceptions will be given to schools in the wintry districts and the warmer areas,” Jhony said, adding that even the non-Arunachalee students shall wear their traditional dresses every Monday like the rest of the students.

The APPS&CWA vice-president further said that the literary, games and sports activities would be conducted annually at the state and district level and the primary activity will be conducted by the Delhi Public School (DPS), Jollang.

The association shall also identify the non-registered schools and observe its foundation day on October 1 every year, he said.

The APPS&CWA also called for the coaching centres running parallel to schools to be closed immediately and their tutors obtain no objection certificates (NOCs) prior to shifting to another school.

“We will discuss this matter with the state government soon,” Jhony said while addressing a press conference at the Press Club here. 

The association also said that sponsorship for the state board and CBSE would be pursued by the respective schools to the board concerned.

On maintaining uniformity in the salary of the private school teachers, APPS&CWA president Yowa Bullet said, though the matter was discussed in the general body meeting, it, however, had no concrete conclusion.

“The association will look into the matter as we feel that the teachers are being deprived of a minimum salary. We will ensure that the teachers, at least, are paid on the scale of the government contingency workers,” he said, adding that the association will discuss the matter with every school in charge.

Bullet also said the students shall only wear traditional dress on the given day without any dao (machete) or ornaments, which can be harmful to other students.

“The introduction of local dresses in schools will also support the local weavers,” he added. 

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