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Kerala govt refuses to upgrade Muslim orphanage school

Kerala government’s objection over upgrading a Muslim orphanage school to high school has been seen as a lackadaisical approach of government towards Muslim education. A three-judge bench of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions has termed the very act of the government as a glaring example of Muslim deprivation in the field of education. The commission, which was formed by the HRD ministry to work as a watchdog of minority institutions, has observed that the community is still facing a lot of resistance in establishing and functioning minority institutions. The bench led by Justice MSA Siddiqui remarked: “The Central government has made some positive efforts to address various aspects of Muslim deprivation and also to enhance the inclusiveness of the Muslim community. But the larger malice of exclusion has to be fought at the national and state levels. Education can be a liberating capability, but often access to it is made difficult by some misguided elements in state governments.” The order was passed by the Kerala government on a petition filed by MIC Orphanage Upper Primary School Kaipamangalam in Trichur district (South India) disregarding clearance from the Education Department.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 18

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