Secondary Education and Boys

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Co Education
School and college where boys and girls study together are called co-educational. There are many co-educational institutions in our country. There are many arguments (a disagreement, or the process of disagreeing) for and against co-education. Some are of the view that co-education is desirable at all stages of education, primary, secondary and at collegiate levels. Some are totally desirable at primary and collegiate levels and not at the secondary school level.

The problem is linked with the aims and objectives set to be achieved at different levels of education and also with the roles the boys and girls have to play in a society later in their lives. However, it is agreed that at the primary stage of education it is desirable to have co-education. At this stage boys and girls are innocent. They like to play together, live together and learn together.

The problem arises only at the secondary school level including +2 level. The boys and girls then enter the period of adolescence (the period of time in a person's life when they are developing into an adult). Between the ages of 12 and 18 years, their rapid progress in physical growth. Their emotional changes too.

Boys prefer to join a group of boys of their age. Girls prefer to move in their peer (to look carefully or with difficulty) groups. Girls would like to attract the attention of boys and vice-versa. It is during the period that boys and girls prepare themselves to play their future roles as men and women.

It is, therefore, necessary that girls and boys develop their aptitudes (a natural ability or skill), interests and skill to play their future roles usefully and satisfactorily. Hence a separate curriculum is required at the secondary level to cater (to provide, and sometimes serve, food) to the needs of girls and boys. Some argue(to speak angrily to someone, telling them that you disagree with them) that at the secondary stage of education, there shall be separate schools for boys and girls.

By the time the boys and girls reach the college, they cross the age of adolescence and are grown enough to realize their own responsibilities and known the consequences of their acts and deeds. Hence co-education is not harmful at the collegiate level.

Some argue that co-education leads to indiscipline. This view cannot be supported. Discipline implies observing the norms ( accepted standard or a way of behaving or doing things that most people agree with) of conduct, approved by society. If society fails in its own norms it may affected the students as well. Some argue that the cinema, the T.V. and the western culture are creating problems of discipline. As our social fabric is still strong, boys and girls at the secondary school level do not often indulge(to allow yourself or another person to have something enjoyable, especially more than is good for you) in acts of serious indiscipline.

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Even if it is desirable to have separate schools at the secondary level of education for boys and girls, a poor country like India cannot afford that. So co-education has to continue in our country at all stages of education. The only easy remedy (a successful way of curing an illness or dealing with a problem or difficulty) we can think of is to appoint (to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility ) more lady teachers in schools which would help the cause of co-education. Co-education ordinarily means the studying of boys and girls together in the same institution. For its success, however the existence of cordial relations between boys and girls and of an atmosphere of mutual confidence and faith is essential. Under this system boys and girls freely mix together and share the excitement as well as the boredom of the intellectual adventure.

Co-education is not a modern experiment in India. Thousands of years ago, in the Vedic (one of the main systems of Hindu thought ) Bharat the sons...
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