Male teachers banned in primary schools in Delhi to prevent sexual abuse
Primary schools in Delhi are banning ALL male teachers, according to a CNN-IBN report. The report says:
“Within the next three months, male teachers will be replaced – wherever possible – with female teachers in Delhi’s 1,200 MCD-run co-education and all-girl primary schools, which teach children up to the age of 11. ”
It is a pity that the the government has been reduced to this in their helplessness to prevent sexual abuse. However unfair it sounds (all males cannot be held responsible for the actions of a few) the very fact that the government is doing it means that something serious has happened. A lot of sex crimes go unreported. What shocked me however is the reasons that the teachers gave against this move. This is what was said:
“This is nothing but a slur on the male faculty,”a local teachers association secretary was quoted as saying by Reuters. “Instead of teaching the students what is right and what is not, the department is giving a wrong message that male teachers are responsible for all sexual harassment.” The Teachers Welfare Organisation also told the Statesman newspaper it would protest against the move as it would result in male teachers losing jobs and girl students being needlessly mollycoddled.”
Teaching students what is right and what is wrong? Mollycoddling girl students? I don’t get it. If this teachers association had said that teachers should undergo a sensitization programme so that they understand what a girl feels when she is molested…if the teachers are taught the right way of touching a girl, then this would certainly be better than banning the teachers altogether. But this is not what the teachers’ association has suggested.
In any case, will the government listen if it asked to tackle this another way? Sensitization programme? Education of teachers? No, that is not an option for the government. Who will understake such a massive programme?
In the absence of any such programme, what the government has done is right. I feel the horrifying Nithari sex killings are in some way responsible for this move. Little kids are incapable of protecting themselves. They may not even know what sexual abuse is and may not report it to their parents. Or if they do know they can be easily intimidated into keeping quiet.