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Education of Muslim children

New Delhi: According to UNICEF India’s report on basic or primary education titled ‘Fair Report’ about 34 percent i.e. about one-third children of Muslim families have not gone to any pre-school whereas 25.9% children of Hindu families, 25.6% Christian (or of Christian families), 23.3% Sikh children, 12.4% children of Jain families and 18.2% children of Buddh and other religions are deprived of primary education. According to statistics, India has made considerable progress in children’s access to education but an important aspect of this is that education appears to have become a business. According to this report, parents increasing tendency or preference for private schools makes it clear that education has now become commercial. According to this report, even poor parents, instead of sending their children to government schools, prefer to send them to private schools even though they find it difficult or are even unable to meet the cost of education in private schools. According to UNICEF report India’s educational system is diverse and complicated. In order to make educational foundation of children strong, they should get ‘early child education’ in good and standard schools and the syllabus of primary schools should be prepared keeping in mind children’s needs and capabilities. According to 2011 census, of the 74 million children between the age group of 3 to 6 years, about 20 million in the year 2014 were not going to any kind of primary schools and in 2009 about 80 lakh children between 6 to 13 years of age group were out of the school system i.e. had not gone to any school. In 2014 this number came down to 50/60 lakh (from 80 lakh). After the introduction of RTE (Right to Education) Act, about 80 percent teachers are trained but in spite of this, about 36% children became drop-outs before completion of primary level education, half of whom are those who belong to marginalised sections and 47 percent belong to scheduled tribes.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2016 on page no. 14

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