Textbooks should have greater portrayal of women in new and emerging professions as role models with a focus on their contributions and pathway of achieving the same. NCERT is bringing a balanced perspective of all genders in the new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and in its textbooks, according to a parliamentary committee.
NCERT is being recommended to address the under-representation of women and girls in school textbooks or them being depicted only in traditional roles, a thorough analysis from the view point of gender bias and stereotypes should be undertaken by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
It also said efforts should be made to make content portrayal and visual depiction gender inclusive.
This will help in instilling self-esteem and self-confidence among all, particularly girls and the new generation will have a clear view of role of women in modern era.
Other issues like environment sensitivity, human values, issues of children with special needs etc. will also be looked up for adequate inclusion in the School textbooks.
Dr Manjeet Jain
CEO EDUCATION INDIA