Posted November 10, 2018 08:09:57The government of India has allowed private schools in more than 60,000 Muslim-dominated districts to open, a move that is likely to further erode the secular fabric of India.
In an attempt to appease minorities, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to allow private educational institutions in the country, a government spokesperson said on Friday.
The announcement was made during the Prime Minister’s 20th Independence Day address, the spokesperson said.
In the run-up to the Independence Day, India has seen a steady increase in the number of Muslim-led schools in the nation.
In 2017, India had around 15,000 such schools.
In 2017, the number had jumped to more than 30,000, which the government says is a reflection of the changing demographics of India and the demand for education.
But a recent study in The Hindu found that a majority of Muslim children in India have been left behind by their parents in school.
A study by the Council for Child Development of India, a think tank, found that the majority of the Muslim-run schools in India are closed or severely underfunded.
The report found that, in the districts of West Bengal and Maharashtra, almost 60% of schools are not running, and nearly half of all Muslim schools are either non-existent or run by families who do not have sufficient funds to run their schools.
The report also found that half of Muslim school students have already dropped out, while the other half had not yet enrolled.
In India, there are more than 1.4 million Muslim schools and a further 2.1 million Muslim families in the state of Uttar Pradesh, according to the council’s latest data.
However, the data showed that of the total enrollment of Muslim schools in Uttar Pradesh state, about 8,800 of them are run by Muslim families.
In Bihar, where the largest Muslim community is in Uttar and where many Muslim-owned shops are located, a study by an independent research institute, the National Commission for Education, found nearly two-thirds of Muslim students in Bihar had dropped out of school.
In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, more than 3,500 Muslim schools have been closed in the last four years, and the government has set aside nearly 10,000 lakh rupees ($17.5 million) to create more schools, according the report.