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RELIGION OR CASTE COLUMNS GO EMPTY IN SCHOOL ADMISSION FORMS

By Siddharth Singh . 31st March 2018 01:30am
RELIGION OR CASTE COLUMNS GO EMPTY IN SCHOOL ADMISSION FORMS

Seeking admissions in schools remained a competition since long. But, this time Kerala students changed the history. In assembly discussion, state education minister said that around 1.24 lakh students haven't mention religion in their school admission forms. The data has been sourced from schools. The Director of Public Instruction (DPI) KV Mohandas reported that details of applications are uploaded on the Education Department's website with the help of 'Sampoorna' school management software. Further, he said, “It is not mandatory to fill up the columns declaring religion and caste in the application form for Class I admission. The department has sourced the data from the information entered by schools on the website. Teachers might have filled only the mandatory columns while entering the students’ details.” Whether misinterpretation or called it enthusiasm, students in the majority are going for real competition through non-religious assert and supporting the equality. Though filling every column in forms is not essential, but more than half columns. School Teachers’ Association (KPSTA) state vice president V K Ajith Kumar quoted to The Indian Express. “There are many schools in the state functioning without computer and internet facility. The school headmaster might approach an internet cafe to enter the details of the students. The Minister might have presented the data before the Assembly without knowing the fact it is sourced from incomplete data. Maybe, someone who provided the data was enthusiastic to prove Kerala is growing non-religious. But that is inaccurate. Further, he added, "For example, 46 students studying at Tanur Cheerankadappuram AMLPS have been listed as non-religious. But most of the students studying in this school belong to the Muslim community and they are very religious. The same is the case of Tanur Govt UPS where 126 students have been listed as non-religious." However, one school Al-Hidayath English Medium School in Kerala has rejected 'no religion, caste' claim.