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New Delhi: The latest report on out of the school children ((OOSC) by the Unicef India reveals that 34% of the Muslim children of primary school age, have not attended any school. This proportion among other socio-religious communities is nearly 26% among Hindu, 25.6% among Christians, 23.3% among Sikhs, 124% among Jains and 18.2% among the Buddhists.
Quoting from Rapid Survey on children 2014, the Unicef says the quality of primary education should be high in order to lend a strong foundation to the children. The syllabus of the primary schools should be prepared with children’s need in mind.
The survey found that 42.3% of the students from SC community, 52% from the ST communities, 35.9% from the OBC communities and 34.3% from the other communities were attending Govt-run Anganwadi centres. 24.9% SC children , 17.4% ST children, 31.9% of the OBC children and nearly 40% of other children were attending the privately run centres.
In 2014, out of the 74 million children of 3 to 6 years who were supposed to be going to schools, 20 million were not attending any school.
India is now recording cent per cent enrolment of children in schools today. In 2009, nearly 80 lakh children of 6-13 year groups were out of schools. But this number had declined to 60 lakh in 2014. The Survey says, the Right to Education (RTE) Act had positively impacted the quality of education as nearly 80% of the teachers are trained.