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CBSE directive

This refers to the report that the CBSE has directed its affiliated schools to provide free education to all girl students who are from single child families. It is a welcome decision. But the focus should have been on girls from the low-income families. Also, it is the parents with more than two daughters and families with three or more children who feel it is a burden to educate their girl children.

R. Ponnarassi,
Vellore, T.N.

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To avoid financial loss, schools may deny admission to girls from single child families. They may charge other students higher fees to compensate the loss of income.

S. Janakiraman,
Coimbatore

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The CBSE decision is most welcome. It was long overdue. It is indeed a historic one. Parents will start thinking along the line that the only girl child could still be the pride of the family. Preference for a male child, and in the process having a number of children, will be minimised.

Administrative problems and economies of scale are bound to be there. But they can be overcome. The principle cannot be negotiated. Idealism is one thing but reality is another. But reality should always approximate towards idealism, the endeavour being movement towards a better order.

N.G.R. Prasad,
Chennai

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