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Girls' class, St Patrick's School, Karachi

Girls' class, St Patrick's School, Karachi

Photographer: Michie and Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/46(4657)

Item number: 4657

Length: 12.2

Width: 20.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a girls' class at St Patrick's School in Karachi in Sind, Pakistan from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (Volume 46), taken by Michie and Company in c. 1873. This group portrait of female pupils, taken inside a classroom was probably shown at the Vienna Universal Exhibition of the same year. Mission schools were important in India, particularly for the education of girls and women, for those who were at the lower end of the caste system and for technical education. Female education in India grew dramatically in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The Imperial Gazetteer of India states, "The Government did not take up the subject until 1849, when Lord Dalhousie informed the Bengal Council of Education that henceforth its functions were to embrace female education, and the first girls' school recognized by Government was founded shortly afterwards by a committee of native gentlemen. The despatch of of 1854 directed that female education should receive the frank and cordial support of Government...The Education Commission of 1882 advised that female education should receive special encouragement and special liberality...The adoption of this attitude has resulted in a considerable development of the public instruction of girls, although it still lags far behind that of their brothers. In 1871 there were 134 secondary and 1,760 primary girls' schools; in 1901-2 the numbers were 461 and 5,628 respectively."

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