Representative image | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kozhikode: Madappally Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Kozhikode will start giving admission to male students despite being a girls-only school for years. Education minister V Sivankutty on Friday finally gave consent to the recommendations put forward by the authorities to open the school for all students irrespective of gender.
Earlier, Mathrubhumi had launched a campaign against male and female special schools in the state. It was in the wake of this campaign that the government has decided to make a revolutionary step to allow Madappally Government Girls School to open its doors for male students.
Madappally Government Fisheries School, established in 1920, was divided into two schools, Madappally Government Fisheries Technical High School for Boys and Government Fisheries Technical High School for Girls to accommodate the increasing demand for seats. The Government Technical High School for Boys later became Government Vocational Higher Secondary School. Similarly, Government Technical High School for Girls became Government Girls Higher Secondary School.
The decision to give admission to boys was taken at the ministerial level with the support of the Parents and Teachers Association in the school.
While announcing the major reform, Minister V Sivankutty said that it was the duty of the LDF government to support the progressive movements of the society. He said this was another step forward in the progressive movement on gender justice, gender equality and gender awareness.