PTA head urges teachers to dress appropriately

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.

Rhonda Blackman
Rhonda Blackman

“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.


32 Responses to PTA head urges teachers to dress appropriately

  1. Karamel Gem
    Karamel Gem January 7, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Boom!!!!!! Seems some forget where they are going

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 7, 2015 at 6:59 am

    What the heck are they wearing?

  3. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves January 7, 2015 at 7:14 am

    See?? Now tell me why someone would have to tell big adults to dress properly and If i was the minister of education all of them that didn’t show up for work would want jobs buy the end of this month cause when they see their bank accounts without a cent on it at the end of the month they would know what time it is straight! Place ads for new teachers and get of all of them that dont want to be disciplined by the principles out of the profession with immediate effect and let the union hire them and pay them!

    • Cherise Unique Rock
      Cherise Unique Rock January 7, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Please learn the correct use of by / buy and principal / principle.

    • Matthew Greaves
      Matthew Greaves January 7, 2015 at 8:09 am

      My dear thanks for correcting me but i think you need to worry more about the tires that you are carrying around your waist line and take into consideration all the non communicable diseases associated with people of your size and make a new year resolution to loose some of that pork ohh and make sure that you don’t be one that is guilty of dressing inappropriately for school lol

      • Cherise Rock January 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm

        Add lose and loose to your list of words to learn.

        • Onoma56 January 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm

          Love it – you’re lucky he didn’t use waste instead of waist…..

  4. Lucia Aniela Parris
    Lucia Aniela Parris January 7, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I hope this applies to the parents who come onto the school premises as well… That is a far greater issue!

  5. Fay Savory
    Fay Savory January 7, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Well 7hank yo Madam P7A

  6. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne January 7, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Teacher code what next unmarried people can’t work

  7. Haroon Chothia
    Haroon Chothia January 7, 2015 at 8:18 am


  8. Fiona Griffith
    Fiona Griffith January 7, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone is reminding some of our Teachers the importance of looking appropriate / proper at work….But seriously tho, do you think someone should have to tell Teachers about their dress attire? smh!!!

  9. Cecelia Daniel-Brathwaite
    Cecelia Daniel-Brathwaite January 7, 2015 at 9:09 am

    This is truly embarrassing! Why does ANYONE have to tell them to dress properly? These two groups are the ones in authority over the children and adults should have better judgement and self respect so the children have worthy examples around them. As for the teachers, one rightly expects a certain higher level of conduct from educated folks, but I guess education can’t buy class and self respect. Makes it hard for those who are doing it right. To those who show honor to the profession, I say keep it up!

  10. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul January 7, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Maybe additional pay will be included in the teachers salary this year for appropriate clothing? Then the teachers would have no excuse lol.

    • Wendy Stewart
      Wendy Stewart January 7, 2015 at 9:25 am

      I was thinking the same exact thing….or a clothing voucher.

    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel January 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      No…UNIFORMS. I would wear one..why not.

    • Annetta Paul
      Annetta Paul January 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      lol MariaMaria Angel, there will be no issue with inappropriate dressing here, that’s a good one.

    • Poetry Dancer
      Poetry Dancer January 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Just a skirt and blouse that fits appropriately is sufficient

    • Poetry Dancer
      Poetry Dancer January 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      They sell at SY Adams

  11. Veronica Ramnarine
    Veronica Ramnarine January 7, 2015 at 9:17 am

    If there’s a dress code set out by the MOE why is it that teachers now have to be publicly cautioned? It means therefore that the rules are not upheld. Who is responsible for the school on a daily basis? Then he/she should take appropriate action when a teacher comes to school inappropriately dressed. When children break the rules what teachers do? Punish them right? So what happens to those who lead the children?

  12. Sylvester Rampy Joseph
    Sylvester Rampy Joseph January 7, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Annette, stop being ridiculous, a teacher or and worker does not have to be paid extra to be dresses appropriately for the job, they are training young minds and the dress code is important

  13. D.M. Ricardo Goddard January 7, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I am sooooooooo tempted but I will keep the peace … the level some sink to. .. wow unbelievable … a particular breed of Barbadian is responsible for EVERY other Barbadian , anybody guessed who yet? Unfortunately they produced you too sir …

  14. Carl Benskin January 7, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Ms Blackman you are very right.

  15. Peter Pow
    Peter Pow January 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    “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.” Is this where a few “bad apples” will cause the entire bunch to be painted black? There is ALWAYS this tendency to highlight the negative, however small it may be. Why run to the media about a few teachers who are inappropriately dressed? Deal with those few ‘bad apples’, not make the whole world think that Bajan teachers dress inappropriately.

  16. Mac10 January 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    As if that is the biggest problem affecting the education of children in Barbados.

    Bad schools, bad Teachers, bad Principles, bad Education Ministry, bad union relations, bad transport service getting children to school in the first place.

    Priorities people!!!! The PTA should concern itself with how things are not how they look! There is no point pruning a tree if the roots are dying!!!!!

    • Mac10 January 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm


  17. Glenn Carlo Theopholus Watson
    Glenn Carlo Theopholus Watson January 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Karis Burgess the article isn’t really interesting but read through some of the comments on the webpage. OMG!

  18. Glossy January 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I dont get no extra pay to buy clothes and i dress properly n come to work

  19. Sue February 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Teachers do have a dress code.Teachers are civil servants therefore they still have to compile with the dress code of the Civil Servants Act. The Act basically states that they should dress somberly not like if they are ready to party. The skirts and dresses should fall below the knee and toes should be covered and so on.


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