No more boys-only or girls-only schools in Kerala, orders Child Right Commission

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Thiruvananthapuram: In a historic order, the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights asked the state government to convert all schools to co-educational institutions by the beginning of the next academic year. With this, all schools will have to give admission to students of all genders

The commission pointed out the need to prevent segregation based on gender and ensure gender equality in schools. The verdict from the commission came in the backdrop of a petition filed by Dr Issac Paul, an Anchal native.

The Commission sought a reply from the Public Education Department within 90 days.

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Following a campaign taken up by Mathrubhumi, several schools had changed their policy ahead of this academic year.

However, currently there are 280 girls and 164 boys schools in the state.

It is learned that the education department will hold meetings to decide on the matter.

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