EDUCATIONAL STATUS OF SCHEDULED CASTES IN INDIA By Panduranga Eerappa Dodmani  and Vijayalaxmi Biradar

Abstract
The Scheduled castes have long suffered from extreme social and economic backwardness. They had no access to education in the past because of social and religious sanctions imposed on them in rural and in urban areas too. It is being increasingly realized that education can be a powerful vehicle for the development of constitutional benefits in the field of education provided for the Scheduled castes and their literacy levels continue to be very low. The performance of Scheduled caste children is not very encouraging the poor performance of Scheduled caste students is not limited to school level education only but has reported at the P.U and high education level also. Literature reveals that most of the Scheduled caste students are discriminated against and treated indifferently at all levels of education. This paper highlights some of the aspects related to
caste system, education, literacy rate of scheduled caste students enrolled at higher secondary level.

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