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Kerala Government to Consider Including Study of Laws in School Curriculum

Last updated: August 30, 2022, 11:08 AM IST

Thiruvananthapuram, India

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The government of Kerala is considering including the study of certain laws as part of the school curriculum (representative image)

State Education Minister V Sivankutty said that while constitutional rights, principles and duties are currently being taught in secondary school, there is a need to educate children not only about their rights but also how to protect them.

The Kerala government is considering including study of certain laws, such as those related to narcotics use, environmental pollution, cybercrime and crimes against women, as part of the school curriculum so that children are aware of their rights and how to can protect them. State Education Minister V Sivankutty said that while constitutional rights, principles and duties are currently being taught in secondary school, there is a need to educate children not only about their rights but also how to protect them.

He said that in order for the children to be responsible and honest citizens of tomorrow, the study of certain laws must be included as part of their education. The minister responded to a submission by CPI MLA VR Sunil Kumar in the state assembly on Monday that school children should be educated about various laws, such as the Law to Protect Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO), the Law to Prevent Damage to Public Property and legal provisions against dowry and the use of drugs.

He argued that these laws and the penalties provided for in them for various violations should be taught to schoolchildren from high school so that by the time they pass out from grade 12, they know what is legal and what is not. At the suggestion of Sunil Kumar, the minister said school education policy was undergoing consolidated reform and public discussions would be held to seek opinions on what should be included in the school curriculum. Including law studies in education policy would also be considered as part of the process, Sivankutty said.

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