In Kerala over 1 lakh students refused to mention their caste and religion during the school admission

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Recently, Kerala has witnessed an upsurge against casteism when more than 1 lakh students choose to leave the caste and religion column blank in the school admission forms.

State Education Minister, Prof. C Ravindranath revealed some interesting statistics during the question hour session in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. He said, “during the academic year 2017-18, approximately 1,23, 630 students preferred to leave the caste and religion column blank and nearly 278 students of class XI and 239 students of class XII have left these two columns absolutely blank.”

The State Education minister replied to a written query by CPI(M) legislator D K Murali, who had questioned about the enrolment of students from class I to XII without filling the caste and religion columns in the school admission forms. He further said, “This year at the time of admission a record number of 1.24 lakh students have left religion and caste columns blank while seeking admission. This shows secular credentials of our society.”

The data was collected from 9000 schools in the state.

As per the reports, footballer CK Vineeth wrote ‘nil’ against the religion column on his son’s birth certificate. He has played as a midfielder for the Kerala Blaster in the Indian Super League.

The education board officials said that they have no role if the parents deny mentioning their caste and religion. The Education Minister is happy seeing the rise of a new trend in the society.

Don’t know whether it’s a movement against the meaningless societal discrimination based on caste and religion or not but there is no harm in not mentioning their caste and religion hence we should all appreciate them.