Some argue that at the secondary stage of education, there shall be separate schools for boys and girls.By the time the boys and girls reach the college, they cross the age of adolescence and are grown enough to realize their own responsibilities and known the consequences of their acts and deeds.When it comes to competing with one another in the field of academics, one realises that boys and girls are almost the same in terms of potential and capability.
Some are of the view that co-education is desirable at all stages of education, primary, secondary and at collegiate levels.
Some are totally desirable at primary and collegiate levels and not at the secondary school level.
There was a time when it was believed that boys and girls should be taught in separate institutions.
In ancient gurukuls, there were only boys who were given education then.
The problem is linked with the aims and objectives set to be achieved at different levels of education and also with the roles the boys and girls have to play in a society later in their lives.
However, it is agreed that at the primary stage of education it is desirable to have co-education. They like to play together, live together and learn together.It can mean better discipline since in the presence of girls the boys will not talk irrelevantly or obscenely in the class.The most potent argument advanced by co-education lovers is that it can help both boys and girls in the development of their personality.Had there been a distance between them, there would have been more of a scope for curiosity about the other sex and that could sometimes lead the children to behave foolishly.A free interchange of ideas between them would make them friends and good companions.There is, however, co-education again at post-graduation level.Some people believe that co-education should not be there.Studying together, boys and girls get a chance to learn about each other better. and boys are usually better with electrical gadgets etc.While working at these activities together, both could learn from each other and in fact help each other to become better at these.Between the ages of 12 and 18 years, their rapid progress in physical growth. It is, therefore, necessary that girls and boys develop their aptitudes, interests and skill to play their future roles usefully and satisfactorily.Hence a separate curriculum is required at the secondary level to cater to the needs of girls and boys.