May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has taken steps to provide the opportunity for pregnant teachers to wear comfortable clothing for the school.
Based on the decision taken by Education Minister on the recommendation of doctors, the Education Ministry today launched a national program to introduce a special dress code for pregnant teachers at the Ministry.
Female teachers in Sri Lanka wear the traditional saree to schools even during the advanced stages of pregnancy and the doctors have informed the Education Minister about the necessity of providing a comfortable garment for pregnant teachers when teaching during pregnancy.
Accordingly, all pregnant teachers in the school system will be able to use this comfortable dress from tomorrow.
According to the Education Ministry said there are 236,000 teachers in Sri Lanka's education system and about 172,000 teachers are female. According to statistics, over 10,000 of them take maternity leave annually.