Speaking to reporters after a review of the Department of Primary and Secondary Education by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait said that chudidars will be provided for girls studying in Government High Schools across the state by next academic year.
“Girl students were finding it difficult and unsafe while riding their cycles to schools. Skirts and shirts will be replaced by chudidars to ensure girls’ safety. This will benefit 60 lakh students throughout the state,” said the minister.
He also said that as there is a total vacancy of 14,584 posts of primary school teachers, 10,000 teachers for primary and secondary schools will be appointed in the present academic year and as many as 4,000 each will be appointed in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
While the government plans to implement chudidar as uniform from the next academic year, people were seen debating on the decision of the government in social media. Most of the women were against the decision questioning the basis for the decision. “While reports suggest an increase in female infanticide in the state, the government instead of prioritising safety of women, preventing crime against women and girls education, is outfit the priority?” questioned Prof Usharani Narayan, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Mysore, on her facebook wall.