Easing the inclusion of transgender students in schools
National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) website removed a teachers’ training manual on integration of transgender students in schools, after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) sought rectification of anomalies in the document. NCERT had put the manual, ‘Inclusion of Transgender Children in School Education: Concerns and Roadmap’ to educate and sensitise teachers towards the practices and strategies to make schools inclusive for transgender students.
Speaking to Education Times, a source in NCERT, says, “If transgender students are freely allowed to study with other students in schools, it will make education system inclusive. The soul of inclusivity is to allow students to study without discriminating them based on gender, class and caste.
Earlier, several specially-abled students faced discrimination during admissions in schools. Transgender Person Act mandates educational institutions to follow inclusivity and enroll transgender students in the mainstream education system. “Even NEP 2020 emphasises on the inclusion of transgender students in the education system. With the passage of time children with special needs have also been assimilated in the education system. Likewise, we can sooner or later, have transgender students being assimilated in our education system.”
Sanjay Chawla, principal, Government Boys Senior Secondary School (GBSSS), Dilshad Garden, C Block, says, “Transgender students should be included in the schooling system. If students with special needs can be allowed to study with other students, then I wonder why transgender students should be left out. No person is transgender by choice and it is just that they are naturally born that way.”
The bigger challenge is to change the mindset of the society. “There is no codified law that forbids transgender students in the school.”
Courtesy : TOI
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