Days after National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) removed the new transgender manual from its official website, some parents of queer children are asking to retain the document.
New Delhi: Days after National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) removed the new transgender manual from its official website, some parents of queer children are asking to retain the document. Meanwhile, the council had removed the manual when National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) sought the correction of ‘anomalies’ in the document.
Dr Nilakshi Roy, a retired professor, wrote a letter to Sridhar Srivastava, joint director of NCERT, calling herself a ‘parent of queer child.’ Roy’s daughter is not in school anymore, but she shares the terrible moments from her school days. She wrote, ‘My child was bullied in school, she would come home crying, not wanting to go to school the next day.’
In her petition, Roy said “Sensitising NCERT teachers to the fact that some children could be non-binary only suggests love and compassion for children who seem or are different in some respects.” She has launched her petition on Change.org this weekend.
Earlier this month, The NCERT introduced a new training manual titled “Inclusion of Transgender Children in School Education: Concerns and Roadmap” which focused at educating and sensitising teachers towards the LGBTQ+ community and non-binary gender orientations.
The manual was dropped after NCPCR suggested that the new document does not commensurate with their gender realities and basic needs. In fact, such practices canexpose children to unnecessary psychological trauma.
first published:Nov. 11, 2021, 2:39 p.m.