With the start of a new school term now underway, an impassioned plea has been issued to both parents and teachers to dress appropriately on the school compound.
It has been made by president of the Barbados National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (BNCPTA) Rhonda Blackman, who said numerous complaints have been made to her organization about the attire of young female teachers.
“We have to recognize that school is a place of business, so the attire to come on the school compound should be appropriate,”she said.
“We want parents to dress in an appropriate way. All the . . . breasts out and the cleavage showing and the tattoos [showing] aren’t [appropriate] for the school compound.”
Blackman, herself a teacher, added: “Although we see the majority of teachers coming to work very professionally dressed, there are one or two bad apples that will spoil the whole bunch. We are asking the young teachers, in particular, to recognize that there’s work attire and there’s party attire and if it is too tight and your underwear is showing then it is not appropriate for school.”
The association president questioned the example they were setting for students.
“If it is too short that you can’t reach the chalkboard as you raise your arm, it is not appropriate for school. We also have to understand that even at the primary level there are young boys who will be looking at the female teachers.”
Blackman added that the absence of a dress code for teachers should not prevent educators from demonstrating good judgment.