Share of Muslim Enrolment at School to Higher Education Level in India, 2016-17 to 2020-21
Understanding different communities’ enrolment patterns is essential for fostering equal opportunities and inclusive growth in the education sector. The article also delves into the percentage share of Muslim enrolment at the school education level (Grades 1 to 12) concerning total higher education enrolment for Muslims, providing valuable insights into the trends observed from 2016-17 to 2020-21 (Table 34).
Over the five years, the percentage share of Muslim enrolment at the school education level remained relatively stable, with minor fluctuations. In 2016-17, the percentage share was 5.52 percent, which decreased slightly to 5.26 percent in 2020-21, indicating a marginal decline of 0.26 percent. This data, presented in Table 34, highlights the need to examine the underlying factors influencing these trends to ensure that educational access remains equitable for all communities, including Muslims.
Share of Muslim Enrolment at School to Total Muslim Enrolment at Higher Education Level
% Muslim Enrolment at School Education Level (Grades 1 to 12) to Total (Muslim) Higher Education Enrolment
Source: Calculated based on AIHES 2020-21.
An analysis of the data by gender reveals exciting patterns. The percentage share of Muslim male enrolment at the school education level gradually decreased from 5.42 percent in 2017-18 to 4.93 percent in 2020-21. On the other hand, Muslim female enrolment remained relatively consistent, experiencing only a minor increase from 5.42 percent in 2017-18 to 5.35 percent in 2020-21.
To address the fluctuations and disparities observed in the enrolment patterns, it becomes crucial to investigate the social and economic factors contributing to these trends. By understanding these underlying factors, policymakers can develop targeted strategies and initiatives to promote inclusivity and provide the necessary support to ensure that all communities, including Muslims, have equal opportunities to access quality education.
Efforts to create an educational environment that fosters diversity and equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their backgrounds, will be vital in building a more inclusive and equitable education system. By addressing the challenges faced by various communities and working towards removing barriers to education, India can move closer to its goal of providing accessible and quality education for all, ultimately contributing to the nation’s overall growth and development.