The Punjab administration has emphasised that hats and headscarves are not a permanent component of the dress code for schoolchildren in the province, according to Azhar Mashwani, the Focal Person to Chief Minister (CM) Punjab on Digital Media.
Mashwani announced on Twitter that for the first time in the province, Naazra (Quran reading) and Tafseer (Quran explanation) are being taught in both public and private schools and universities.
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Male and female students must wear caps and headscarves during these periods only, according to Mashwani, who added that they will not be expected to obey the dress code throughout the rest of the day.
The news of hats and headscarves becoming a “permanent” part of the school uniform was labelled “false” by the Focal Person to CM Punjab on Digital Media, who cautioned media outlets to avoid misreporting facts.
Misreporting by Media
Dr. Murad Raas, the Punjab Education Minister, said at a news conference in Lahore on Monday that the current Punjab administration is the first to introduce mandatory Naazra and Tafseer sessions in both public and private educational institutions.
During certain times, he claimed, pupils are expected to wear caps and headscarves. The provincial administration has made hats and headscarves a permanent component of the school dress code, but ‘The News’ misconstrued the Minister.
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The misunderstood news storey was also widely circulated in the media, drawing harsh criticism from progressives of the provincial government. As a result, CM Punjab’s Digital Media Focal Person was forced to come forth and clarify the provincial government’s official stand on the issue.