Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 28 (PTI) Over one lakh children in Kerala have left columns relating to caste and religion blank in school admission records in Kerala last year, Education Minister C Ravindranath told the state Assembly today. Also Read - Kerala Tourism News: CM Pinayari Vijayan Launches 26 New Projects - Here's All You Need to Know

In a written reply, he said that as many as 1,24,147 children had not filled up the columns while enrolling in different standards of the government and government-aided schools during 2017-18 academic year. Also Read - Kerala Paying Price For 'Gross Negligence' During Onam: Harsh Vardhan on Easing Covid Restrictions For Festivals

Most of these children were students of classes 1 to 10, he said. Also Read - Kerala Govt Terminates Services of 432 Medical Personnel For Unauthorised Leave For Years

As many as 275 of them were studying in plus one and 239 in plus two, he said.

However, no students had skipped the respective columns during admission in any vocational higher secondary schools in the state, the minister said in a reply to a question by D K Murali of CPI(M).

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.