Kozhikode: The gates of Vadakara Madapally Government Girls Higher Secondary School would now open to welcome boys too. The public education department has approved the school PTA’s decision to admit boys in the school.
Calling the school’s historic decision ‘revolution of Madappally’, Minister V Sivankutty said that the education department has approved the recommendation related to this. The government has given the approval amid debates whether there is a need for separate schools for girls and boys.
The PTA had begun the efforts to make the institution a mixed school from last year onwards. In the 2020 – 21 academic year, boys were admitted to classes 5,6 and 8. Currently, around 85 boys study in this school. The PTA contemplated turning the girls’ school into a mixed one when the total strength dived from 1200 students to just 804 this year. Even though the decision on the application that was submitted to the government got delayed, there weren’t any legal barriers to denying admission to the boys who reside in the locality.
Established in 1920, the Madappally government Fisheries School got divided into girls’ and boys’ schools. The boys’ school later got upgraded into a government Vocational Higher Secondary school. However, the girls’ school remained unchanged until now.