Teachers in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, lost their salary payments this week. These teachers work in religious schools called madnesses, and they teach subjects like science and maths. The funding stopped after a government program ended.
This affects over 21,000 teachers. The timing is raising concerns, as Prime Minister Modi’s government is aiming for re-election this year.
The government hasn’t explained the sudden stop in payments. The program itself ended last year, but it’s unclear why teachers in Uttar Pradesh just now stopped receiving their share.
Muslim leaders say this decision hurts students and teachers. They worry it sets education back for Muslim communities.
This isn’t the only recent change affecting Muslim schools. In another state, authorities are turning some madnesses into regular schools, despite objections.
The situation is complex. Some say the government wants to improve education for all, while others worry about discrimination against Muslims.
It’s important to wait for more information before drawing conclusions. Hopefully, the government will clarify its reasons and find a solution that helps all students in India.
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