Around 1,000 unaided schools in Kerala under the banner of All Kerala Self Financing School Federation have announced that close to 50,000 teachers will get paid leave of an additional 12 days every year during their menstruation. And while Navjyothy school has applied for state recognition again this year, teachers here feel they've got a head start. "To the question if period leave is feasible for all schools across Kerala? My answer is, why not! Everyone should implement this. These are biological needs and it's a matter of one day a month. Any teacher can cover up with a substitute," Mallika Venukumar, Principal of Navjyothy school told NDTV.
Their inspiration was Malayalam news channel - Mathrubhumi, the first media organisation in Kerala which only last month declared 'First Day Of Period Leave'. The news channel was the second to follow suit after Mumbai based Culture Machine announced their new leave policy in a video which went viral.