Education minister V Sivankutty | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Education Minister V Sivankutty clarified his stand on controversial topics, including gender-neutral uniforms, during the meeting of various teachers' organisations.
He said that the government would not impose the implementation of gender-neutral uniforms in schools. Earlier, comments of Muslim League leader MK Muneer on the matter had triggered controversies.
The minister also said that converting the schools into co-ed institutions (by providing admission to students of all genders) will be done only based on the recommendation of the PTA of the school and the local body. The school officials are required to submit a request before the General Education department with consent from the local body institutions and PTA to convert the school. Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights had ordered to end gender discriminative admission in schools starting next academic year. The minister had immediately reacted that all schools cannot be converted at once.
Minister also said that strict measures will be taken to bring down the usage of mobile phones by students in school.