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This Village Will Make Its Girls Give Up Education If The Promised English Medium School Is Co-Ed. Why?

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Different people have different things that they feel strongly about, and they can be pretty guarded about it. For some it is their heritage, for others their culture, but for most Indians, it is rigidity and age-old customs that we feel the need to hold on to. One might say that we are in the 21st century, where women have proven to be equal and in many cases more capable than men, but in reality, it seems like we are still stuck with regressive beliefs where women weren’t allowed even the simplest of things, lest they forget to be in their limits.

Though not entirely shocking, the news of the people of Khairabad, who have been protesting against the establishment of an English medium school has been bewildering. The people of the place don’t want an  English medium school only because it would mean the girls have to study in a co-ed school.

This remote village in Rajasthan’s Kota district has creased quite a few foreheads and raised eyebrows after the people have thrown fits, resisting the building of an English medium school, that could further the education of the children of the are and   brighten their future prospects. All because, they didn’t want the girls to study along with boys, which to be honest is sad to hear.

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Habib Noor,  a father of a class 7 child in the village commented on the matter and said, “Many generations of girls in this village have attained education because there was a separate school for them, but if it is converted to a co-ed school, many parents will not send their daughters to school.” He also added how, “This is a very conservative village. People object to interactions between girls and boys. Parents send their daughters to a girls’ school and ensure that they go only to those tuitions where boys don’t come to study.”

And to think, this is the same city, where the concept of child marriage used to be celebrated and endorsed as a festival, we hope you see the irony. In fact, the people of Khairabad even wrote a letter to the chief block educational officer (CBEO), that said, “After a lot of struggle, this girls’ secondary government school [up to class X] was upgraded to higher secondary in January this year. With that, we had hoped that our daughters would now be able to complete their education till class XII. If this school no longer remains a girls’ school, then it may be a possibility that most of the girls will drop out, which is not good for their future.”

It’s fascinating that no one sees this as a step in the right direction, rather as just some sort of mingling of sexes that obviously leads to them spontaneously having sex. Again, girls will suffer due to lack of education because clearly, schools having mixed students is the priority as opposed everyone having access to an education.

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