Anubhuti Vishnoi, Wed Feb 02 2011, 05:31 hrs

‘Muslim numbers up in primary classes’

Enrolment of Muslim children has increased across primary as well as upper primary classes and government schools enrol the maximum number of SC and ST students, according to latest government data.

The District Information System for Education (DISE), brought out jointly by the National University of Educational Planning & Administration (NUEPA) and the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, reflects a significant increase in enrolment in primary and upper primary classes and notes the “improvement in participation of Muslim minority children in elementary education programmes”.

The data compiled from across 1.3 million recognised schools offering elementary education across 635 districts shows that from 10.49 per cent Muslim enrolment in 2008-09, the figure has risen to 13.48 per cent in 2009-10.

States like J&K and Union Territory Lakshadweep, which have a high Muslim population, reflect a better enrolment rate with the former notching 66.9 per cent while the latter recording 99.38 per cent in 2009-10. Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Karnataka also show a relatively better enrolment rate in the range of 30-37 per cent while Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh hover in the range of 11 per cent to 4 per cent.

 02 February, 2011