May 22, 2024
Kerala to Drop 'Sir' and 'Madam' Salutations in All Schools

Kerala to Drop ‘Sir’ and ‘Madam’ Salutations in All Schools

In a progressive move in introducing gender neutrality to school children, the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) directed the schools to drop the honorifics “Sir” and “Madam” in classrooms. Instead of the honorifics, the board asked the schools to educate children about addressing educators as “Teachers.”

The decision was taken after the panel heard the plea of an individual who raised a concern about discrimination in schools while addressing educators as sir and madam according to their gender. Calling educators as teachers would ensure equality in the profession, and children will learn to be gender-neutral from a ripe age in schools, opined the panel members.

The decision was made by the bench, which included the Child Rights panel chairperson K V Manoj Kumar, member C Vijayakumar and other officials of the Board of Education. Instructions are given to schools across the state to follow the directive. Meanwhile, the decision is hailed by many people on the Internet.

A similar case of gender neutralism occurred in Kerala a year ago when Mathur village panchayat made a decision to ban salutations; sir and madam in the office to promote equality, becoming the first civic body to ban honorifics.

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