Manual on transgender inclusion: NCERT transfers two faculty members who were part of panel

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The National Council for Research and Training in Education (NCERT) handed over two of the three senior faculty members of its Gender Studies Unit, who helped develop a first-of-its-kind teacher’s guide to including transgender children in schools, which was previously removed from their site

On November 2, the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (NCPCR) sent a notice to NCERT seeking comment on a complaint filed by an organization called the Legal Rights Observatory against management.

Professor Mona Yadav, who headed the department, and Professor Punam Agrawal, who headed it in 2015-2018, were transferred to the Department of Education of Special Needs Groups and the Central Institute of Educational Technology, respectively. The third faculty member, Professor Mili Roy Anand, who specializes in history and gender studies, has not been translated. However, while Anand was expected to become the next head of administration as Yadawa’s three-year term had expired, Professor Jotsna Tiwari of the Department of Arts and Aesthetics Education was assigned additional leadership of the Gender Studies Unit.

Answering a question without an asterisk, the Ministry of Education informed Lok Sabha in February 2020 that, in accordance with a decision made by its founding committee on July 6, 2012, “in order to become a head of a department, a professor usually must have worked for three years in one department “. According to the NCERT website, Tiwari has not worked with the Department of Gender Studies before.

The notice of revision order was issued on 8 November. Yadav and Agrawal declined to comment on the matter, while texts and emails sent to NCERT’s executive director, Professor Sridhar Srivastava, elicited no response.

“Usually the head of a department is elected on a rotation basis. As both Professor Agrawal and Professor Yadav held this post in the past, it was expected that Professor Roy Anand would take over. Although this did not happen, the other two members who developed the guidelines were suddenly transferred to other departments, ”one official said.

A senior NCERT official previously claimed that the Gender Studies Department uploaded the guide without final approval. An official source, however, claimed that the 84-page guide, “Including Transgender Children in Schooling: Challenges and a Roadmap” was uploaded following due process of law, and “a draft had been in the possession of the responsible director, Professor Srivastava, for at least four months.”

In its Notice Requesting “Comments and Appropriate Corrective Measures for Document Anomalies,” NCPCR communicated to NCERT during the week that the complainant opposed the proposal for gender-neutral toilets and inviting teachers to talk to students about puberty. blockers (hormones) that delay a certain development of the body. The NCPCR also commissioned NCERT to verify the bios of the commissioners.

With regard to gender-neutral toilets, a guideline designed to “raise awareness among teachers and educators on gender diversity while keeping gender-non-conforming and transgender children in the spotlight,” states “to start with toilets for children with special needs. needs (CWSN), “gender neutral” toilets can be identified that can be used by both transgender people and CWSN children. ”

About puberty blockers, it says, “talk to students about puberty blockers (hormones) that delay certain body development. Please advise that they are available and accessible to adolescents with gender dysphoria who may later identify as transgender. ”

The group that developed the guidelines also consisted of six external members. One of them, L. Ramakrishnan, said: Indian express that a gender-sensitive infrastructure was needed as research showed that toilets are a place for “physical as well as psychological violence such as bullying, especially against students in non-gender-compliant schools”.

He also dismissed the allegation of puberty blockers, stating that management only encourages teachers to talk about having these options when needed, and they cannot be obtained without psychological judgment or parental consent.



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