Muslim children enrolment at elementary level higest in W Bengal

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New Delhi, Apr 29 (UNI) West Bengal has the highest number of Muslim children enrolled in elementary education as compared to other states.

The data collected by the District Information System for Education (DISE) shows a national coverage of 9.39 per cent at primary and 7.62 per cent at upper primary level for the year 2006.

In West Bengal, it is 27.9 per cent at the primary level and 19.63 at the upper primary level, while in Kerala, it is 10.13 per cent and 9.59 per cent for the two levels respectively, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari told the Lok Sabha in a written reply today.

In Andhra Pradesh, the enrolment of Muslim children at primary level was 10.00 per cent and at upper primary 9.11 per cent.

Uttar Pradesh has 9.24 per cent of Muslim children enrolled at the primary level and 7.18 per cent at the upper primary level.

Dr Purandeswari said to encourage enrolment of children from the community, the Centre had launched a scheme of pre/post matric scholarship for students of class 1 to 10th.

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