Use of Caste Bands in Schools Will Continue, Says TN’s AIADMK Govt
Days after the Tamil Nadu School Education department asked its officers to crackdown on schools where children were allegedly being made to wear coloured wristbands to identify their caste, state Minister KA Sengottaiyan asked officials to not implement the circular.
“Whatever practice exists in Tamil Nadu will continue the way it is,” the education minister told The New Indian Express.
What the Circular Said
The Director of School Education has directed officials to identify schools in their districts where such discrimination is practised, besides initiating severe action.
"...in some schools in TN, students were made to wear colour-coded wrist bands. These which come in shares of red, yellow, green and saffron indicate whether they belong to a "lower" or "upper" caste," a circular issued by Director of School Education S Kannappan said.
Other Caste Markers Used
The officer said rings and 'Tilak' on forehead were also used as caste marker, adding such practices were supposedly being used for sports team selection, reassembling during class and lunch intervals.
Urging the senior officers to take appropriate steps to identify such schools, the circular said, "...issue suitable instructions to headmasters to prevent such practice immediately and also take severe action on persons responsible for the discrimination."
The director said the circular is based on a representation given by officer trainees of IAS 2018 batch.
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