Grim Literacy Numbers
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2005 03:04:07 AM ]
LUCKNOW: Basic education minister Kiranpal Singh, while addressing
several World Literacy Day functions in the city on Thursday,
announced that the state government had decided not to deploy
primary education teachers for jobs other then teaching.
He said from now onwards primary teachers would be only used for
assignments required for implementation of some national policies.
But, it was not clear as to how this would help the state to improve
its literacy rate, which was among the lowest in the country.
The state government's progress report of literacy campaigns also
presents a dismal picture. Sample this: The evaluation of 62
districts upto July 2005 for "target given, enrolment done and
achievement levels" under the total literacy campaign reveals that
there are 11 districts, which could achieve 60 per cent success and
above, around 15 have 40-60 per cent success, in 20 the success
rate is between 20-40 per cent and in one it is below 20 per cent.
Similarly, only seven out of 31 districts completing the post-
literacy programme phase were found to have achieved 60 per cent or
Clearly, the road ahead is tough. As per the 2001 census the
literacy rate in UP is 56.30 per cent against the national average
of 64.84 per cent.
While 68.80 per cent males and 42.20 per cent females are literate
in the state, the corresponding figures at the national level are
75.26 and 53.67 per cents respectively.
Only 52.50 per cent of the rural population is literate in UP. In
comparison 69.80 per cent urban population of state is literate.
The literacy percentage of rural women is very low 36.90 per cent
and in comparison 61.70 per cent urban females are literate.
Similarly, while 66.60 rural male are literate, the literacy rate in
urban males in 76.80 per cent. There are five districts in the
state, which have less then 40 per cent literacy, which includes
Shrawasti (33.80), Balrampur (34.60), Bahraich (35.20), Badaun
(38.20) and Rampur (38.80).