NCERT’s trans inclusion manual had to evolve and was therefore dropped, Edu Min in Parliament | Education


The Education Ministry informed parliament on Monday that the recently deleted training manual titled ‘Inclusion of Transgender Children in School Education: Concerns and Roadmaps’ had been dropped as it had to go through various stages of finalization. before its publication.

The Education Ministry informed parliament on Monday that the recently deleted training manual titled ‘Inclusion of Transgender Children in School Education: Concerns and Roadmaps’ had been dropped as it had to go through various stages of finalization. before its publication.

“This is an academic exercise that has to go through different stages before it becomes a public document and is used for training by different stakeholders,” Minister of National Education Annpurna Devi told Lok Sabha in a written response. Devi added, “NCERT has trained teachers, teacher trainers and school leaders in gender awareness with a holistic approach. Concerns related to transgender children are addressed in different materials / manuals / textual and training modules.

On November 6, following a request from the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (NCPCR), the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) removed the teacher training manual on integration of transgender or gender non-conforming students into schools from the latter’s website. NCPCR Chairman Priyank Kanoongo said the text of the manual would expose children to “unnecessary psychological trauma” and the idea of ​​removing binaries would be said to contradict the idea of ​​creating an inclusive environment.

Responding to Congressman Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s question, MoS Devi also said, “NCERT has trained teachers, teacher trainers and school leaders in gender awareness with a holistic approach. Concerns related to transgender children are addressed in different textual and training materials / manuals / modules.

Some of the other measures taken by the Ministry of Education to create gender awareness, include the National Initiative for the Holistic Advancement of Heads of School and Teachers (NISHTHA), which is an integrated training program that assists teachers to adopt learning activities that promote a sensitive classroom environment. Apart from this, Devi also informed that the National Education Policy (2020) identifies transgender children in socio-economically disadvantaged groups and provides “equitable quality education”.

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