Missionary schools are not teaching poor: dalit Christian body

New Delhi, Sep 8: Only 20 per cent of Christian students from the economically or socially deprived sections of the community constitute around 40 lakh students being taught in Christian schools across the country, a Christian body claimed here today.

Nearly 70 per cent of child labour in India belong to Dalit, tribal or converted Christian community as very few children from these communities get enrolled in missionary schools, Poor Christian Liberation Movement, a Dalit Christian body, said. It is, therefore, not surprising that school dropout rate among children from these communities is high as 40-45 per cent as compared to 25 per cent for students from other communities. ”Is it not an affront to our Christian consciousness,” Movement’s president R L Francis asked.

“The question that bothers us is whether Christians are really serving the poor or just running good schools for the rich and elite in the country,” he asked, adding Christian educational institutions have diverted from their objective of educating the poor and marginalized.



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