For the first time, a government-backed public school will be set up for transgender people in Pakistan. The government of Punjab announced the decision to establish the school in the province.
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“The government has decided to open separate schools in Punjab province. The first of its kind will soon be established in the town of Multan, about 350 km from Lahore, ”Punjab Education Minister Dr Murad Raas said. Apart from that, the government will take steps to create education and job opportunities for the transgender community, he said.
The government made the move after frequent complaints from the transgender community that the attitude of regular school students towards them is “insulting.”
While this is the first such initiative undertaken by the government, it is certainly not the first school for the transgender community in the country. In 2018, an NGO opened the country’s first educational and vocational training institute for the transgender community here.
The private school “The Gender Guardian” for the transgender community of Lahore offers 12 years of academic education from primary to upper secondary level with 15 faculty members. Of the 15 teaching staff, three are from the transgender community.
The school offers professional courses like technical education, fashion design, beautician and hairdressing courses, graphic design, repair of computers and cellphones, among others.
Transgender people often face discrimination in all sectors of the country. Disappointed with the government’s approach, a Lahore High Court (LHC) judge recently ordered the Chief Secretary of the Punjab to strictly enforce the Transgender People (Protection of Rights) Act 2018 in the letter and l spirit by not allowing departments to discriminate between men, women and transgender people. people. “This part of society is always treated as less equal or non-existent,” the court said.
Judge Faisal Zaman Khan, on a petition by a transgender person against the rejection of his candidacy for the position of speaker in Urdu, observed that in a conservative society “like ours”, the rights of transgender people have been recognized by the Supreme Court as well as the LHC in their verdicts on which comprehensive legislation has also been drawn up to give them equal rights.
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