Toads and cockroaches are no longer available in schools for dissectionMy daughter is now in Class-XI. She has taken Biology as one of the subjects. I have been mentally preparing her for dissection of toads and cockroaches for some time. Although her Biology practical classes started in June, 2016 itself, only very recently she was taken to the dissection room and near the dissection tray! Prior to the class, I had tried to explain the entire process to her as clearly as possible from my personal experience. On that day, she was very enthusiastic to do dissection for the first time. She was ready with gloves and newly-purchased Biology box.
But Alas! She was totally disheartened at the time of dissection! Instead of live toad, the school authorities supplied her with plastic toad and cockroach. It was really laughable. These plastic prototypes can't give the same feeling during dissection. Moreover, students don't feel the need to remain extremely alert while working with the plastic prototype. Later I came to know that presently there are many restrictions on using live insects for dissection.
I feel that the Department of Education of every State must ensure supply of toads, cockroaches and guinea pigs in every school and college for dissection. The students must get a proper feel of dissection. For the purpose of learning, ban on using these animals and insects, if any, must be lifted.