The gender story
True to perception, QES found that girls are still not oriented towards science and mathematics at the school level. Perhaps, that could be attributed to the current trend of a majority of students in pure science and engineering being male. For example, in the Indian Institutes of Technology, more than 75% students are boys. Besides, the study, as well as independent interaction, found that students need to be sensitized to sociocultural issues and fellow students, and schools need to inculcate an interest in co-curricular activities.
Interactions with parents from several cities echoed a general concern—schools need to be less commercial and more focused on giving practicaloriented knowledge to students so that they become complete individuals. There was an honest confession, too—parents impose a lot of their wishes on students. The fragmentation of joint families and working parents are counterproductive to a child’s growth as a well-rounded individual, they explained. Parents also feel that schools need to create an atmosphere where students can play real outdoor games and not video games.
Graphic by Ahmed Raza Khan & Uttam Sharma/Mint
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