Unequal opportunity: Discrimination in education (Updated)

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Education is most important factor for the upliftment of society.

Discrimination in education is the act of discriminating against people belonging to any specific category in not allowing them to enjoy full rights to education. It is basically considered as the as a violation of human rights. In the constitution of India it is clearly written that each and every human on this earth has the right to education be it of any caste, creed, gender, color, nationality,economic condition, disability, religion etc. From December 14, 1960 UNESCO has aimed to combat discrimination and racial segregation in education.

Its the light that brightens the view for . It defines line between a man and a brute. But still millions of children are being denied of school education due to discrimination in our country. Discrimination in education is defined by the discrimination against people belonging to some categories set up by society. It is a violation of human rights enunciated by UN and our constitution.

If you are treated in an unfair manner by an education provider like in a school, college or university, it is just because who you are, it may be certainly unlawful discrimination. There is a law which says you must not be discriminated against education is called the equality Act 2010, which means you can take action in the civil court. So you can follow these steps to check whether unlawful discrimination has taken place or not:-

Why you are being treated unfairly:- Unfair treatment only counts as unlawful treatment only counts as unlawful discrimination if it is for some specific reason. You are being treated unlawfully because of disability, gender, maternity, race, religion or belief, colour etc.

  • Who is treating you unfairly:- Unfair treatment is only called as unlawful treatment, if it is carried out by certain people may it be in school, colleges, university etc.
  • What’s the unfair treatment you’ve experienced– Only certain types of behavior counts as unlawful discrimination. The Equality act says education providers must not discriminate against you in relation to admission, the provision of education, school policies and procedures relating to discipline, exam etc, access to benefits, facilities or services, exclusion and any other detriment.
  • How is the treatment unfair:- There are different types of unlawful discrimination.

This discrimination can be based on race, sex, disability, ethnicity, economic condition, nationality, age and religion. Roughly around a 5 million student drop out of Indian school before 8 grade, and most of these are from tribal communities, Muslim and lower caste. Discrimination against these children in school means most vulnerable and poorest section getting left out from nation’s progress. They are insulted, made sit separately, do minor jobs and many more.

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Lack of effective mechanism of monitoring to check prejudice by school staff, reduces their chances of upliftment from society. Education is necessary because it helps us to find better job and break away these social and economic restraints. Student who drop out often end up in working in the fields or some factories. Roughly 13 million children in India are engaged in child labour most of whom are minorities.

Surveys were conducted after 4 years of implementation of RTI (Right to Education) act, guaranteeing free schooling from 6 to 14 ages children.

Many students were enrolled but due to widespread prejudice and lack of teacher attitude, have made it very difficult to keep them in schools.

The need to adopt more effective measure to monitor the treatment of these vulnerable children is important. The state and central government should create transparent indicators to address and detect discrimination in schools and properly lay out appropriate disciplinary measures for those who hinder RTI. The government should also initiate proper training of teachers, so they could end exclusion and facilitate more interaction between different backgrounds children.

Education is key to all problem, if countered properly it can make nation an example of prosperity. The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values. If we place the foundation of young minds on some discrimination facts it will collapse one day or another. The need for broader mind of school staff and society is needed to crumble this disgrace.

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  1. Discrimination against children from Dalit, tribal, and Muslim communities in government schools means millions of the poorest and most vulnerable are getting left out. Lack of effective monitoring mechanisms to check prejudice by school staff means, at worst, ill-treatment and, at best, neglect. This, despite India’s Right to Education law banning discrimination in schools.

  2. Discrimination against children from Dalit, tribal, and Muslim communities in government schools means millions of the poorest and most vulnerable are getting left out. Lack of effective monitoring mechanisms to check prejudice by school staff means, at worst, ill-treatment and, at best, neglect. This, despite India’s Right to Education law banning discrimination in schools.