The Yearbook titled “Status of Muslim Dropouts in Comparative Perspective” asserts that even though the motivation for education among Muslims has improved significantly, the dropout rate is very high among them.
Syed Ali Mujtaba
A consistent decline has been noticed in the number of Muslims enrolling themselves in educational institutions. At the same time, a considerable increase has been found in the dropout rate among Muslims. A Yearbook on the status of Muslim dropouts in educational institutions released in New Delhi recently said that this dropout rate is far higher than the national average.
The book titled “Status of Muslim Dropouts in Comparative Perspective” asserts that even though the motivation for education among Muslims has improved significantly, the dropout rate is very high among them.
Muslim dropout rate stands at 23.1 per cent compared to the national school dropout average of 18.96 per cent.
The book looks into why the dropout rate in the country has not decreased even after more than 10 years of the promulgation of the Right to Education.
The book highlights many core issues of the Muslim community based on the factual data gathered from government sources, including the Ministry of Education. It concludes that Muslims are at the bottom of the socio-economic indexes.
The book analyses the income-expenditure ratio to assess educational investment by a Muslim family at a certain income level. One of the significant revelations made in the book is the huge gap between Rs 2,600, the average cost of elementary education per student, and less than Rs 500 spent on a Muslim student.
The book carefully examines the causes of Muslim dropouts, and their underrepresentation in higher education and jobs to conclude that the weaker Muslim community lacks access to better education opportunities due to their socio-economic situation.
“Although poverty plays an important role in the Muslim dropout rate, there are also many other factors at play,” says Ms. Rubina Tabassum, who has prepared the book.
“High rate of school dropouts among Muslim students in India should be a major source of worry because it contributes to the socio-economic backwardness of the country,” she says.
The book redefines the idea of educational dropouts in the country. It is published by the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS). The special edition Yearbook is the second in a series —published by Genuine Publications & Media Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi. The First Yearbook hit the stands in 2021.
These Yearbooks contain detailed data documenting core issues of the Muslim community. It is an excellent database highlighting the household-level statistics of the Muslim community in India.
Syed Ali Mujtaba is a journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org