Kozhikode: Boys study in ‘girls schools’ and vice versa in Malappuram district. The students are embarrassed when they look at their certificates from the school and do not even speak the full name of the institution to others.
This has happened because the respective schools were started many years ago for girls and boys separately but later became mixed. But the name indicating the gender still remains.
Malappuram district child protection unit (DCPU) under the social justice department has approached the state commission for protection of child rights (SCPCR) to drop the tag of boys and girls from the name of the schools which have been turned mixed.
“Unfortunately, we are keeping the gender divide when the world is moving towards gender equality. The boys/girls tag was needed at one time, not now,” Malappuram district child protection officer Sameer Machingal told DC.
In Malappuram alone, there are five schools with the exclusive gender tag but having both boys and girls (Govt girls vocational HSS, Wandoor, St Jemmas HS, Malappuram, Govt HSS for boys Tirur, Govt girls vocational HSS, Vengara etc).
Mr C.K. Vasu, headmaster of Government Boys’ Higher Secondary School, Koyilandy, supported Mr Machingal. “It’s the need of the hour. Our school was started as a boys school 95 years ago. Now, the HSS and VHSE section and 5, 8 classes are mixed. We don’t want to keep the ‘boys’ term on the name,” he said.
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