To the Director NCERT,
A hearty appreciation for all the efforts that have been put in developing an enriched curriculum for the overall development of children, that goes beyond the textbooks and connects knowledge to life outside of school. The effort of the institution is impacting lives of many children studying in different schools across the country.
With due respect I would like to bring to your attention a point or two for policy intervention on menstrual health and hygiene. NCERT textbooks have menstrual subject under ‘reproductive system in human body’ in class 9th and 10th standards. Besides, many schools conduct a day workshop to spread awareness on the topic in a year. However, I feel that these do not suffice the educational requirements on women health, especially on menstrual hygiene and health. Menstruation has many dimensions to- social aspects, emotional and psychological aspects, physical aspects. It has an impact on the overall development of every girl child in a society. In a country like ours, tradition and customs regard menstruation as impure and a taboo to talk about and therefore, the role of education becomes more vital to address such issues.
Many misconceptions arise as a result of lack of menstrual knowledge before menarche. They go through menstrual anxieties that are often associated with traumatized experience and depression. It thus becomes important that a proper source of knowledge be given to the children so that it will prepare them to accept their biological changes easier and not come as a surprise or an alien concept to the girls. An important point to note here is that many menstrual educations do not address the importance of pre-menarche education. In my opinion it would be in the best interest and benefit of everyone if a program or subject on the matter be implemented in school syllabus for general education which should be made mandatory for every school.
Few points to consider in menstrual education:
Menstrual education at school level in early childhood can have positive impact in the following ways: