Controversial Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma has said that male teachers who are below 50 should not opt to teach at girls’ schools in the state as girls “after a certain age need special precautions”, Mail Today reported on Friday.
Reports said under the new policy of the state, applicable from the current academic session, teachers below the age of 50 as on June 30, 2016, will be ineligible for transfer to any government secondary school for girls.
According to Sharma, who is an active member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the idea behind the step is to create a healthy atmosphere for girls so they are not “distracted”.
“Running girls schools and colleges is a very tough and responsible job for any state government. Girls after a certain age need special precautions and we need to take action on every aspect to make a foolproof and secure education system for them,” the minister was quoted as saying by Mail Today.
“Even if any teacher still opts for girls’ schools, he would not be considered for transfer, according to the policy.”
The education minister has said the guidelines are not based on the assumption that male teachers have malicious intent but they have been formed as an effort to create a healthy environment inside educational institutions.
“The educational institutions for boys and girls were the same in the past and were separated following the recommendations of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. He has written in his book Satyarth Prakash that schools of boys and girls should be different and it was followed across the country,” the minister said.
The move will only be implemented in schools.
“There is no need to apply such a decision at the college level as girls’ colleges mostly have female teachers. We have prioritised the transfer of female professors in girls colleges and we will do the same at high and middle school level,” Sharma said.
This is not the first time Sharma has been in the news.
Last month, Sharma sparked a massive row after he issued a directive to schoolteachers asking them not to wear jeans to work.
“We are not worried about teachers wearing jeans to school. We will be worried if they come naked,” Sharma said when asked about the order banning jeans.
The order was withdrawn after widespread criticism.