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In one state, it is found that there are discriminatory practices going on in schools on the basis of caste. These includes inhuman practices such as the practice of students wearing caste band, students from oppressed castes are forced to clean toilets in schools by teachers and headmasters, Dalit students being made to sit on the back benches, parents opposing a Dalit cook in Anganwadis. A report on the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’s functioning in the State also confirmed discriminatory practices in schools. Such discrimination is affecting the enrolment of Dalit children in schools. You are BDO in one of the districts in the state where such practices are observed. State government has issued a circular against discriminatory practices in schools.

Topic : Case study

7. In one state, it is found that there are discriminatory practices going on in schools on the basis of caste. These includes inhuman practices such as the practice of students wearing caste band, students from oppressed castes are forced to clean toilets in schools by teachers and headmasters, Dalit students being made to sit on the back benches, parents opposing a Dalit cook in Anganwadis.

A report on the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’s functioning in the State also confirmed discriminatory practices in schools. Such discrimination is affecting the enrolment of Dalit children in schools. You are BDO in one of the districts in the state where such practices are observed. State government has issued a circular against discriminatory practices in schools.

1.     What will be your approach to effectively implement the circular?

2.     Explain the socio-psychological factors responsible for such practices.

Why the question:

The question is an ethical case study.

Key Demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the ethical issues involved in the question and suggest suitable corrective measures to ensure justice that is ethically right.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

First present brief summary of the case before you.

Body:

In the answer body identify the stakeholders involved.

Present the issues; Caste based discriminatory practices in the school, lack of check by the authority, dominance of the upper caste etc.

Then as the BDO of the district explain what actions would you take to resolve the situation.

Explain in detail the socio-psychological factors responsible for such practices.

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions.