A Kerala school granted period leave 105 years ago
Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when a debate rages on about the need to provide menstrual leave, records show that a girl’s school in Kerala had extended the relief to its students more than a century ago itself.
The Government Girls School in Tripunithura, located in the erstwhile princely state of Cochin (present Ernakulam district), had in 1912 allowed students to take 'period leave' during the time of their annual examination and permitted them to write it later.
According to a book "Kerala in the 19th Century", written by historian P Bhaskaranunni, the head-teacher of the school had approached the higher-ups and requested granting of leave as women teachers and students were normally absent during the time.
Published by the Kerala Sahitya Academy in 1988, the book is considered to be an authentic study on various aspects of the southern state in terms of lifestyle, ritual practices, caste and communities, family set-up, education, agriculture, temples and administration during the 19th and early 20th century.
As per the then education laws, 300 days of attendance was necessary for students to appear for the annual examinations, the book said.
In view of their frequent absence, school headmaster V P Vishwanatha Iyer had approached the 'school inspector' in Thrissur and put forward the issue before him on January 19, 1912, it said.
A favourable decision was taken by the authorities in this regard within the next five days, according to the book. PTI