The Kerala government is considering including the study of certain laws, such as those related to the use of narcotic substances, environmental pollution, cyber crimes and crimes against women, as part of the school curriculum so that children be aware of their rights and how to safeguard them.
State General Education Minister V Sivankutty said that constitutional rights, principles and duties are currently taught in high school, but there is a need to teach children not only their rights but also how to protect- the bear.
He said that in order to make children the responsible and honest citizens of tomorrow it was necessary to include the study of certain laws as a part of their education.
The minister was responding to a presentation by CPI MLA VR Sunil Kumar in the state assembly on Monday that school children should be taught about various laws such as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO), the Prevention of damage to public property and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. legal provisions against dowry and drug use.
He argued that these laws and the punishment provided for various crimes should be taught to schoolchildren from secondary school onwards so that by the time they leave class 12, they know what is legal and what is not.
Echoing Sunil Kumar’s suggestion, the minister said the school education policy is undergoing a consolidated overhaul and public debates will be held to invite views on what should be included in the school curriculum.
As part of the process, inclusion of the study of law in education policy would also be considered, said Sivankutty.