Nation Current Affairs 17 Aug 2017 Kerala: 236 new stud ...

Kerala: 236 new students did not mention religion

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ROHIT RAJ
Published Aug 17, 2017, 5:27 am IST
Updated Aug 17, 2017, 5:27 am IST
A total of 3.16 lakh students joined the state syllabus this year.
The data was given  by the statistics department to an RTI query made by activist Dhanraj Subhash Chandran.  (Representational image)
 The data was given  by the statistics department to an RTI query made by activist Dhanraj Subhash Chandran. (Representational image)

Kochi: Out of three lakh students who enrolled in the first standard this year, just 236 did not  mention their religion. Eleven students chose the secular column.

A total of 3.16 lakh students joined the state syllabus this year. The data was given  by the statistics department to an RTI query made by activist Dhanraj Subhash Chandran.  "Since there is a debate on the social media over caste-based reservation system and discrimination over caste,  I decided to file an RTI. I had tried  to get the data in the last few years, but I received it  this year,” he said.

 

CPM leader and Palakkad MP M.B. Rajesh opined that mentioning religion is one's personal choice. "The Constitution gives the power to a person to choose or not to choose religion,"  he said. 

He had marked as ‘Not applicable’ the columns that asked for religion and caste of the children. The decision was his personal choice. 

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