Preventing school dropouts among Muslims is the biggest challenge of the academic year 2020-21

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Heads of Muslim educational institutions, academicians, teachers & NGOs will have to take concrete steps

By Salim Alware

Representing the central government in the Supreme Court last week, the Solicitor General of India told the court that 97 lakh migrant workers had been repatriated.  The number of laborers returning from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka is 11 lakh, 21 lakh and 3 lakh respectively, of course their children have also migrated with them from small and big cities to villages wherein their numbers are not known. This can be calculated   only after the schools reopen in the month of August or thereafter.

Since these workers have reached their villages, after a short stay they will try to find a livelihood at the local level and in case they fail to do so, they will have no choice but to return to the same cities and we never know how much time this process will take. Due to this the schooling of their children will be in a state of uncertainty. Only time will tell what steps the governments of UP, Bihar and West Bengal will take in this regard as it has not been discussed yet.

Many NGOs in Maharashtra and Gujarat also provide basic education to the children of laborers near their place of residence or worksite which is called informal schooling. Now these children who have migrated to villages may  not have the opportunity to continue their education. Whether or not this will depend on parental concerns as well as local state government policies.

As far as Muslims are concerned, we do not have separate statistics on the basis of which we can say how many Muslim workers have returned home with their families, and how many children will lose their academic year due to the migrant exodus.

The three-month lockdown has hit hard the working class, artisans, day laborers, security guards, car cleaners, drivers, housewives and women working in small factories.  It can be difficult for their children to continue their education and many of the parents are looking for an excuse to discontinue their children’s schooling so that their kid becomes an additional source of income for their families.

A big chunk of Muslims fall under this category and it is of utmost important that their children continue their education.

It is the responsibility of Muslim educational institutions, teachers, educationists, philanthropists and NGOs to ensure that these children attend schools and colleges as soon as the new academic year begins.  Work on a war footing to prevent a possible dropout of these children and make an immediate effort to work out a strategy in this regard.


Salim Alware is educationalist and former standing committee member , National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education,Ministry of HRD,govt of India.

7 thoughts on “Preventing school dropouts among Muslims is the biggest challenge of the academic year 2020-21

  1. Muslim organizations should concentrate on providing very basic education to Muslim youths and should concentrate more on teaching them technical skills like welding, Masonry works, electrical works, sewing etc.
    Once they are financially better off, they can send their next generation to schools themselves for proper education. Because of financial insecurity faced by the muslim parents, majority of them don’t take much interest in the education of their children and take them out of the schools as soon as their children are able to financially support their family. This attitude results in waste of precious resources on something that does not benefit the community.

    1. EXACTLY MADARSAS ARE NOT THE SOLUTION TO ERADICATE ILLITERACY ABD POVERTY IN INDIAN MUSLIMS!
      MINIMUM 7TH STANDARD QUALITY SCHOOLING WITH HINDI, ENGLISH AND MATHS ALONGWITH “ITI SKILLS TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION” FOR EVERY BOY OR GIRL, FOLLOWED BY PASSING SSC EXTERNALLY!
      BUT THE GREEDY MOULANAS WILL INSIST ON CHURNING OUT SKILL-LESS MOULVIS FOR THEIR ZAKAAT-REVENUE….

  2. Muslim parent produce children like animals without bothering their financial capability to upbring them. Hence, the simplest solution of this problem is to adopt ‘hum do hamare do’ policy.

    1. I SUGGEST YOU PLEASE CONTACT 10 MUSLIMS THAT YOU KNOW- YOUR CAR MECHANIC OR MILK WALA OR DHOBI OR TYRE WALA ETC. AND ASK THEM ABOUT HOW MANY CHILDREN THEY HAD. YOU WILL FIND ALMOST ALWAYS THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SAME AS WHAT PEOPLE (OF COMPARABLE INCOME OR EDUCATIONAL LEVELS) OF OTHER FAITHS HAD.

  3. I SUGGEST YOU PLEASE CONTACT 10 MUSLIMS THAT YOU KNOW- YOUR CAR MECHANIC OR MILK WALA OR DHOBI OR TYRE WALA ETC. AND ASK THEM ABOUT HOW MANY CHILDREN THEY HAD. YOU WILL FIND ALMOST ALWAYS THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SAME AS WHAT PEOPLE (OF COMPARABLE INCOME OR EDUCATIONAL LEVELS) OF OTHER FAITHS HAD.

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