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Punjab shuns old traditions, opens arms to co-ed system: Tula’s study

12 / 01 / 2018 (Friday) || 10:59 AM
Tula’s International School, a Dehradun based prominent coeducational school, recently conducted a study on a sample group of 2000 parents in Punjab to understand their sentiments about sending their children to co-ed boarding schools. The research, which was conducted in several cities across Punjab, revealed a perceptive uptick in the adoption of co-ed boarding/residential schools in India – from 18 percent in 2016 to 33 percent by the end of 2017. It was found that with changing times, Punjabi parents are becoming more open to exploring co-ed boarding system. The results are noteworthy: many parents within the identified geography feel that boarding education system is important for overall child learning and development but co-ed residential learning is much more effective.

Parents cite the reason why Punjab shows openness towards co-ed boarding education is because the academic achievements tend to soar when both girls and boys study together in a healthy competitive atmosphere. 70 percent of parents (out of 2000) mentioned that several schools with a decent female-to-male ratio tend to do better in academics and are often seen to fare much better in examinations as compared to single gender schools.

The study revealed an interesting fact - that it is the ‘Relative or Peer Affluence’ which influences the parents to take decisions in Punjab.

Tula’s study also found that the parents have started believing that co-ed boarding is all about accepting and working towards ‘Gender inclusiveness’. The system also inculcates a feeling of healthy competition among the students. It helps the students to become broad minded and follow equality in their lives.

Simultaneously, the research revealed that today’s parents also wish to inculcate a positive attitude to diversity among their children and co-learning surely enables uch an upbringing. They also accept that co-ed boarding education teaches students to think beyond regular norms and helps them to become independent in every aspect.

Besides the parents’ views on co-ed boarding school education, the study also found that internationalism has made co-ed education curriculum dynamic, and has added a new dimension to the teaching learning process.