As Brunei Darussalam is a Muslim country teachers should dress conservatively in schools so as not to offend local sensibilities and customs. The following suggestions are based on the official government guidelines for teachers.
Male teachers should wear smart long trousers with long sleeved shirts and tie. They should wear smart shoes with socks but not sandals. Malay Muslim teachers are encouraged to wear a Songkok and Cara Melayu. Some teachers prefer to wear a traditional long sleeved Malay style shirt.
Female teachers should dress conservatively in schools at all times. They should not wear clothes that expose any part of their upper body either at the front or back and blouses with short sleeves should cover, as a minimum, the upper arms. Dresses and skirts should be mid-calf to ankle length. Blouses, dresses and skirts should not be transparent or semi-transparent and should not show undergarments. Many female teachers, once they arrive, prefer to wear a traditional Baju Kurong costume. Muslim teachers are encouraged to wear a tudong or head scarf.
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