Period Leave & Hiring Transgender Candidates – a School Collective in Kerala Is Showing the Way!

The initiative will be implemented across 1,200 unaided schools in the state starting August 1.

The women staff teaching at self-financing schools across Kerala will now be able to avail one-day paid period leave every month.

The announcement was made by the All Kerala Self-Financing Schools Federation (AKSFSF), which is a collective forum for unaided schools, at a press conference held in Kozhikode on Monday.

Starting from August 1, the initiative will be implemented across 1,200 unaided schools in the state as mentioned in the press release.

Ramadas Kathiroor (centre) making announcement at Kozhikode Press Club on July 31.

“As menstrual awareness is gaining strength worldwide, many organisations and workplaces across the country are offering paid menstrual leave for their women employees. We thought why should we stay behind?” says Ramadas Kathiroor, who is the president of AKSFSF.

Explaining that such an initiative would offer respite to many women employees, Ramadas stated that among the teaching workforce in unaided schools across the state, over 60,000 were women.

“The teachers can avail the leave on any day of the menstrual cycle, and it need not necessarily be the first day. This will benefit the women staff, who won’t have to drudge physically on these days”, he clarifies.

The press release in Malayalam.

Another noteworthy announcement made by the body was that they opened doors for members of the transgender community to be hired as teaching staff.

“We are spearheading this change for bringing the transgender community into the education sector and will hire candidates who will fulfill the eligibility. While minimum requirement for the teaching post is a B.Ed degree, we are open to appointing even candidates who have the teaching qualifications for kindergarten students”, Ramadas says.

The initiatives put forth by the federation are an attempt at making the field of education a better place for not just women, but the transgender community as well.

You can reach out to AKSFSF at 9745360026.

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