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Meo Muslims and Education

Factors behind the Low Educational Attainment in Nuh, Haryana

Despite more than 10 years of the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which envisaged universal, free and compulsory elemental education for all children as a fundamental right, Nuh district of Haryana continues to lag in all the educational indicators. The paper delineates the factors that have kept the district backwards in terms of education by examining both household as well as institutional factors to provide a better guide for policymaking. It is shown that the main impediments towards higher educational attainment in Nuh are mainly social and religious factors.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 calls for free and compulsory education for all children in the age group of 614 years. However, despite the efforts and the RTE, Nuh district of Haryana is considered the most backward district of Haryana in terms of almost all the education indicators. In addition to this, the prevalence of madrasa education has also adversely affected the socio-economic conditions of the people, as the absence of modern education in madrasas has created a situation where madrasa-trained persons cannot bring any substantial change in their socio-economic status (Ishtiaque and Hurera 2014). The district is dominated by the Muslim community having a share of 79.2% of the population as per the Census 2011. Muslims of the districts are usually referred to as Meo Muslims.

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Published On : 9th Mar, 2024

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