Gender stereotyping should end at pre-school level itself: NCERT


New Delhi, October 17: National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) said that for ensuring that children are not gender-biased when they grow up, gender stereotyping should end at the pre-school level itself.

Demonstration of equal & appropriate expectations

The “gender equality” recommendations have been made by the HRD Ministry’s curriculum developing body in the new guidelines for pre-school education. Schools are asked to make sure that their teachers should have equal and appropriate expectations from boys and girls, and they should be given equal attention, respect and equal opportunities.

Books, plays and other activities free of any gender bias should be selected by schools. “Teachers should avoid language that limits one gender or another, and use gender-neutral labels,” a senior NCERT official has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

“Teachers should use stories, songs, activities and facilitation aids that depict girls and boys, including some with special needs in the same roles as men and women in all professions. Both women and men should appear as leaders, heroes and problem solvers. It is important to help them understand and stop discrimination,” the official told the media.

Regular sensitisation of parents for supporting these practices at home has also been recommended.

Developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) appropriate to their age, stage and context will be followed by the proposed curriculum.

For ensuring the careful inclusion of children with disabilities through early intervention, the guidelines also have recommendations for playschools. It will result in minimising learning difficulties and speeding up child development.

About Ministry of Human Resource Development

Formerly Ministry of Education (until 25 September 1985), MHRD focuses on the development of human resources in India. At present, Ramesh Pokhriyal holds the ministry. It is divided into two departments- the Department of School Education and Literacy (involving primary, secondary and higher secondary education, adult education and literacy) and the Department of Higher Education (involving university education, technical education, scholarship, etc.).

Organisational structure

MHRD is divided into a total of eight bureaus. More than 100 autonomous organisations under these bureaus handle the work of the department. The names of the bureaus are as follows:

  • University and Higher Education; Minorities Education
  • Technical Education
  • Administration and Languages
  • Distance Education and Scholarships
  • UNESCO, International Cooperation, Book Promotion and Copyrights, Education Policy, Planning and Monitoring
  • Integrated Finance Division
  • Statistics, Annual Plan and CMIS
  • Administrative Reform, North Eastern Region, SC/ST/OBC