Don’t address kids as ‘poda’ or ‘podi’, treat them with respect: Kerala govt tells teachers

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Palakkad: The Kerala government has decided to end the use of disrespectful words used to address students at its schools. The chief minister received a complaint in this regard, following which the government decided to ban words like ‘poda’ and ‘podi’ at schools.

The Thiruvananthapuram district deputy director of education (DDE) has already given instructions to schools in the district. Other DDEs will soon send the notice.

According to the new instruction, teachers should not use words that would damage the personality of students. It also states that the words and behaviour of the teachers should be exemplary for the students.

The complaint was filed by Thiruvananthapuram native Sudheesh Aloysius Rosario. In his complaint, Sudheesh states that schools should be a place that enables children to use good words and to behave well towards other people.

Teachers should behave in such a way that children feel they are being respected, the complaint said. Sudeesh said that one of his relatives, who is a student, shared with him the difficulties when her teachers use such words.

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