Better deal for UP rural

Better deal for UP rural


The Uttar Pradesh Board of High School and Intermediate Education, the biggest Board in the world , has refused to allow co-education in the city schools. But they are agreeable to do so in the village schools.

According to the Board, co-education in high schools and intermediate colleges in the cities is inappropriate; but it is not opposed to the same in  rural areas.

The Board's expert committee, which had reportedly examined the demand to permit co-education in its schools, has opined that it could not be allowed in town and cities. “There could be serious problems if co-education is allowed in cities'', the committee said in its report submitted to the Board.

The Committee has also cancelled the order of the Board issued in October last year which had allowed co-education in all its schools and inter- colleges. The committee contends that co-education in rural areas is permissible as the number of schools for girls in the rural areas is far lower compared to urban areas.

Besides, transportation facilities are also weak in rural areas, it further argued. “In the rural areas where there is no school for girls within a radius of eight kms from a village, the girls could be enrolled in boys' schools.”

While girls were allowed to be enrolled in schools for boys, the opposite did not hold good. The boys, the committee said, must not be enrolled in the girls' schools. Interestingly the Board officials refused to elaborate as to what problems could be encountered if co-education was allowed in cities. “The problems are obvious”, they quipped.

Although the board
officials refused to go into the reasons, sources reveal that the board felt that
co-education in cities could result in incidents of eve teasing.

Howevere educationists   rubbish the argument that since there are more girls' high schools and inter colleges in cities and therefore there was no need for co-education there. “Co-eduation has other benefits...it helps create a kind of understanding among boys and girls. They learn to help each other'', said Hari Om Sharma, a well known educationist who spoke to Deccan Herald.

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