As the Delhi government follows the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), a decision was taken to form a committee that will decide the changes that are required in the existing syllabus and whether gender sensitisation could be a part of moral education too.
"A meeting was held last week wherein NGOs working on gender sensitisation and members of NCERT were invited. The issue was discussed at length and many suggestions were also given. All the members suggested that a committee should be formed so that the suggestions can be discussed at length and incorporated accordingly," said a senior Delhi government official.
One of the suggestions made by the members was to have the students take a pledge that they will treat women with dignity and respect.
"Some of the members said that schools should be asked to adopt various means to teach students to treat women with dignity, equality and respect. Also, members said that gender sensitivity should be incorporated as an important aspect of value education," added the official.
Officials also pointed out that suggestions given by the NGOs and parents were an outpour following the brutal gang-rape incident in the city.
"The committee has been asked to make suggestions about topics that can be included and the method of teaching which can be followed for imparting this knowledge to children," added the official.