The education of girls in our country.
Due to the unequal socio – cultural and economic gender construct in Indian Societies, the scale of disadvantages is tipped more against girls and women. The factors behind the gender inequality and inequity in education include negative cultural values, attitudes and practices that foster teenage pregnancy, early marriage, sexual harassment, excessive domestic chores and the disregard of the importance of girl’s education. There is also the lack of gender responsiveness among the teachers, in the curriculum, teaching methodology, teaching and learning materials, school management systems and the overall school environment. A round the world girls and women are treated as number two citizens – all luxuries, comforts and even necessities must first be provided for boys and men, and only then, if available, can percolate to girls and women. This is true to some to some extent throughout the world but more so and very conspicuously so in India. For the past few centuries in India, the girl has been completely neglected even as human being and she live as if only to support and satisfy men. In every home even today the boys are still pampered and given the best of everything and the girls of the same family are almost completely ignored. Even in the basic requirement of education, girls are left out because it is felt that, they in any case have only to look after their homes and the needs of their families, so, where are the need to study? The only requirement of women is even today, to look after the needs of others and give birth to children, and no more they need to have. It is also firmly considered foolish to allow girls to waste their time in studies and this concept is widely accepted by the Indian Society. This is the reason why the majority of girls don’t become the breadwinner of the family. Adding to it, even most of the parents in North India firmly believe that giving education to girls is totally fruitless and...
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