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Muslim literacy rate worse than SC / ST | India News

NEW DELHI: A decade and a half after the Sachar Committee highlighted the problem, a report from the National Statistical Office reveals that Muslims are on various criteria of academic marginalization as bad or even worse than SC and ST.
The report shows that among the various social groups, the literacy rate for those aged 7 and over was the highest for “others”, which are the non-SC / ST / OBC population groups, with 91% for men and 81% for women. . This proportion is reduced to 84% for OBC men and 69% for OBC women. For CS, the proportion was 80.3% for men and 64% for women, and for CS, 78% for men and 61% for women.

Muslim literacy rate worse than SC / ST | India News

Among religious groups, 88% of Christian men and 82% of women could read and write, the highest proportions for both sexes. This was followed by the Sikhs and Hindus. The literacy rate of 80.6% among Muslim men was equivalent to that of Dalits and marginally higher than the rate among tribes. The literacy rate for Muslim women was higher than that of Dalit or tribal women, but lower than that of women from any other religious group.
The gross attendance rate (persons attending one level of education as a proportion of the population of the corresponding age group) was the lowest for Muslims among various social and religious groups at all levels of education except above the upper secondary school, where it was between the rates for Dalits and tribes.
At the primary level, the GAR of 100 for Muslims was lower than “others”, SC, ST, OBC, Sikhs, Christians and Hindus. At the upper primary level, Muslims were the only community whose GAR was below 90%. At the secondary level, the GAR of 71.9% for Muslims was lower than ST (79.8%), SC and OBC. Similarly, at the upper secondary level, the GAR was lower for Muslims at 48.3%, well below even 52.8% for Dalits.
Above the upper secondary level, the GAR of 14.5% for Muslims was just above 14.4% for Tribes but below 17.8% for Dalits. Unlike the tribal population, of which a significant proportion live in remote areas, Muslims tend not to live very far from colleges of higher education, yet dropout at this level was about the same.
Muslims also had the highest proportion of young people (ages 3 to 35) who had never enrolled in formal educational programs. About 17% of Muslim men in this age group had never enrolled in education. This was higher than for SC (13.4%) and ST (14.7%). Similarly, for Muslim women, this proportion was 21.9% comparable to ST women, of whom 22.4% in the age group 3-35 reported that they had never enrolled in any program academic.

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