Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said the school dropout rate among Muslim girls has come down to about 40 per cent from over 70 per cent. He said the government was working towards bringing it down to zero per cent.
“Education is the golden key to guarantee of constitutional and social security of girls; we should take it as a mission to make education our first priority,” a press statement issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) quoted Naqvi as saying. The minister said this while addressing “Taleem-o-Tarbiyat” programme at Anjuman-i-Islam Girls High School at Bandra in Mumbai on Saturday, according to the release. He said the government had been working towards educational empowerment of minorities, especially girls, on priority basis.
Naqvi said the focus of the Ministry of Minority Affairs this year would be on better education and employment-oriented skill development of girls. He said the Central government would provide financial assistance to those institutes being established and being run on Waqf properties and were engaged in educational activities, especially educational empowerment of girls. The Central government will award those “Mutawallis” who perform well in management of Waqf properties to ensure utilisation of these properties for betterment of the society, especially educational empowerment of girls.
Naqvi mentioned a “record increase of Rs 505 crore” in the budget of his ministry for the year 2018-19, and said it would be helpful in socio-economic-educational empowerment of minorities, “especially in effective implementation of programmes aimed at educational development of girls”.
Naqvi also inaugurated drinking water and toilet facilities at the school on the occasion, said the release.