Encourage schoolchildren to wear traditional dress once a week: APPS&CWA


The Arunachal Pradesh Private Schools and Children Welfare Association (APPS &CWA) said that “every school should encourage ‘vocal for local’ by ensuring wearing traditional dress once in a week for the 2022-23 academic session.”

Addressing media persons at the press club here on Thursday, APPS&CWA vice president Tarh Jhony said that a meeting was held at Lekhi village on 6 February with representatives of more than 180 schools of the entire state in this regard.

He said that, along with mandatory wearing of traditional dress once a week, numerous other resolutions concerning the schools, staffs and students were adopted during the meeting.

“Entire private schools will be following same academic schedules. However, there will be exception for school in the wintry districts and the normal area,” he said, adding that “non-APST students too shall wear their own traditional dresses every Monday like the rest of the students from the state.”

He said that literary and games & sports activities would be conducted annually at the state and district levels. “The primary activities will be conducted by Delhi Public School, Jollang,” Jhony said.

He also said that the association would identify the non-registered schools in the state.

“Coaching centres running parallel to schools should be closed immediately, and the teachers should obtain NOC prior to shifting to other schools. The association shall pursue the closure of illegal schools running in the state with the state government,” he said, adding that “sponsorship for state board and CBSE shall be pursued by respective school to the board.”

“The association also decided to discuss matters relating to midday meal, uniforms, government grant aid and 25 percent free education,” he said, adding that the association also held a meeting with the ICR DC, the local MLA and others on the resolutions adopted by the APPS&CWA.

Meanwhile, APPS&CWA chief advisor Tarh Hari said that “the entire resolution was taken for the welfare of students, parents, staffs and for uniform functional of the private schools in the state.”

“Any school found not abiding to the resolution, the association will take action accordingly,” he added.

When questioned regarding uniformity in the salaries of private schools’ teachers, APPS&CWA president Yowa Bullet said that the matter was also discussed in the meeting but a concrete conclusion could not be arrived at.

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

He also said that “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 dress will also support the local weavers,” he added.

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