(A) Read the following extract and answer the questions given below :
Co-education is a system of education where boys and girls study together. In a country as conservative as India, co-education helps boys and girls break popular misconceptions existing between both since time immemorial.
Co-education encourages familiarity between boys and girls and they start breaking misconceptions about each other. Their general outlook changes and they develop a healthy, normal relationship with more mature personalities. There is no discrimination based on sex. It has often been seen that students who come from a co-educational background are better communicators than students who study in same-sex institutions. Co-education also helps students in their later life when they become professionals and interact with the opposite sex. As these boys and girls lose their shyness, they develop a broader outlook and are devoid of a narrow mentality.
It is essential to have more co-educational institutions to nurture good, normal, healthy citizens who in turn can help remove social evils like dowry through joint efforts. Co-education can also reduce eve-teasing, ragging, rape and other crimes against women. With more under-standing, mutual respect is developed and the mind is free of any unsavoury thoughts. Thinking maturity comes at an early age and goes a long way in developing well-rounded personalities in both.
What needs to be done immediately nation-wide is to introduce co-education right from primary school. At this stage itself, parents and teachers should take precautions in ensuring a proper balance between education and moral values.
Enlist positive effects of co-education on boys and girl