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Period leave: This Kerala school had granted it 105 years back

By Vicky
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Amidst the debate on period leave, a school in Kerala had granted this relief to girl students over 100 years back.

Period leave: This Kerala school had granted it 105 years back

The Government Girls School in Tripunithura, located in the erstwhile princely state of Cochin (present Ernakulam district), had in 1912 allowed students to take "period leave" during the time of their annual examination and permitted them to write it later.

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    According to the book Kerala in the 19th Century, written by historian P Bhaskaranunni, the head teacher of the school had approached the higher-ups and requested granting of leave as women teachers and students were normally absent during the time.

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    Published by the state-run Kerala Sahitya Akademi in 1988, the book is considered to be an authentic study on various aspects of the southern state in terms of lifestyle, ritual practises, caste and communities, family set-up, education, agriculture, temples and administration during the 19th and early 20th century.

    As per the then education laws, 300 days of attendance was necessary for students to appear for the annual examinations, the book said. "Tests were conducted regularly and it was necessary for students to appear for the tests. But, it had become an issue in Tripunithura girls school where students and women teachers would not come during the time of menstruation," it said.

    In view of their frequent absence, school headmaster V P Vishwanatha Iyer had approached the school inspector in Thrissur and put forward the issue before him on January 19, 1912, it said.

    A favourable decision was taken by the authorities in this regard within the next five days, according to the book.

    "The education director had issued an order on January 24 stating that those students who were unable to write annual exams during the time of menstruation should be permitted to write the same on another occasion," the book said.

    It is interesting to note that the head teacher, who belonged to an upper class community, had approached the authorities to grant period leave to his students at a time when the subject was a taboo.

    Over a century later, the issue has had its echo in the Kerala Assembly during the ongoing session with Congress legislator K S Sabarinathan urging the state government to consider granting menstrual leave to its employees.

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