COVID-19 has sent education in India into a crisis mode with school closures endangering children with abusive homes and those who sustain on mid-day meals.
The constant demand and supply of ‘productivity’ in academia, the thumb rule of survival: “publish or perish” is not only problematic but dangerously harmful.
Any educational institution should be a safe space, where knowledge is available to all instead of polarised, hateful opinions.
The draft National Education Policy 2019 shows reservations about bringing Comprehensive Sexuality Education into the school curriculum. Whatever indications have been made in this regard are either inadequate or redundant. Is the education about sexuality not relevant to preparation for life?
It has often been observed that there is lack of awareness not only with regard to ‘homosexuality’ but also ‘menstruation’. In spite of having discussions around teenage pregnancy, there is also a lack of awareness around safe sex.
Though girls are more likely to be forced to marry men much older than them, young boys also account for 1 in seven of the 765 million child marriages worldwide, according to UNICEF.
Across 23 IITs, including new and old, only 9 per cent of the current faculty are SCs, STs or OBCs together. Of the 23 IITs, 15 — including the IITs at Mumbai, Kanpur and Kharagpur — have no ST faculty at all
My account isn’t that of an individual’s. It is a reflection of the toxic politics that goes on in the most literate political circles of Kolkata, like that of Presidency University.
Rohith Vemula was murdered at Hyderabad Central University Campus, Dr. Payal Tadvi faced somewhat similar abuse at her Mumbai Medical College while nineteen-year-old Fathima became the latest victim of this string of institutional murders.
Children should at least be introduced to the waves of Feminism or the womxn’s movements. They should be initiated into the feminist discourse.