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Govt plans three KV-like schools only for minorities | The Indian Express

Related. In election season, it is raining sops. The Ministry of Minority Affairs is set to start three schools, modelled on the lines of the Kendriya Vidyalayas, in Kishenganj (Bihar), Ajmer (Rajasthan) and Mewat (Haryana) exclusively for students from minority communities. Each school, to be set up at an approximate cost of Rs 5 crore, will have a capacity of about 1,000 students. While the National Buildings Construction Corporation has already submitted the final plans for the buildings, the ministry does not want to wait. Efforts are on to start classes from the 2014-15 academic session in rented accommodation. “All status reports on minorities have always pointed out a need for better school education infrastructure for their children. That is why we will set up schools exclusively for these children through the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF). We are hoping to start classes from the 2014-15 session. When the school buildings are ready, the students can be shifted there. We are writing to all state governments for allotment of land — at least five acres — for the schools,” said Minority Affairs Minister K Rehman Khan. The MAEF — a voluntary, non-political, non-profit social service organisation fully funded by the ministry with the minister as its ex-officio president — was roped in to avoid controversy over the government setting up minority institutions. The MAEF will be the controlling authority for the schools. The Kendriya Vidyalaya model has been adopted because the 1,094 KVs have the highest success rate. In 2013, 100 per cent KV students cleared both the Class X and Class XII CBSE examinations. While the original plan was to start five schools, only the Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan governments have offered the required land so far. The long-term plan, said Khan, is to open a school in each of the 200 districts in the country which have a high population of minorities. “If each school has 1,000 students, it would mean that if we cover all 200 districts, there would be 2 lakh minority students who pass out of school every year. That would be a good number to integrate into the workforce,” said Khan. According to data provided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in reply to a Parliament question in March last year, only 13.31 per cent of Muslim children in the age group of 6-14 years were enrolled in schools in 2011-12. There is no data of primary/ secondary school enrolment for any other minority community.
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