Indian Muslims struggling with low literacy: 200 schools, 25 colleges suggested to battle education woes

The panel, on Thursday suggested that more than 200 new schools and 25 colleges should be introduced as part of an exercise to overhaul the education system for minorities.

Indian Muslims struggling with low literacy

Indian Muslims struggling with low literacy

As per the 2011 Census, the literacy rate of Muslims stand at 68.53 per cent, the lowest among all minority communities and less than the national average of 72.98 per cent. A centre appointed panel of an 11-member committee has come into action and has introduced ways to overcome this disadvantage being faced by this minority community. Instead of having institutes that allow only minority students, the panel is planning to introduce institutes in areas with minority dominance.

India’s struggle with poor quality education:

Apart from the issue of low literacy rate, India is also grappling with the problem of poor education quality. A minority student with no proper access to institutes has a bleak future and even if there is access, the problem of poor education quality steps in. This is keeping the largest minority at a ‘double disadvantage’.

More on the panel’s decisions:

  • The panel, on Thursday suggested that more than 200 new schools and 25 colleges should be introduced as part of an exercise to overhaul the education system for minorities
  • The institutes would follow the CBSE syllabus
  • The panel, headed by former Parliamentary Affairs Secretary Afzal Amanullah, also suggested that five national institutes in fields like science and technology, health sciences and architecture to be set up for research and specialised education
  • All institutes would provide co-education as the government is keen to improve the abysmally low literacy rate among Muslim women, said Amanullah
  • 211 schools have been put forward where students will be taught free of cost
  • “We have focused on imparting secular education. But if anyone wants to pursue theological studies, we have said that students can go to madrasas before the school hours,” added Amanullah.

Keeping an eye on skill development, the panel

[Source”indianexpress”]