Report on Literacy Rate released 

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  • September 9, 2020
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Report on Literacy Rate released 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Education

In news

  • Recently, the report on ‘Household Social Consumption: Education in India as part of 75th round of National Sample Survey – from July 2017 to June 2018’ was released.
  • It is based on the National Statistical Office (NSO) survey. 
  • It provides for state-wise detail of literacy rate.
  • Age surveyed: 7 years and above.

Key takeaways 

  • India’s Overall Literacy Rate: 77.7%.
  • Urban Areas: 87.7%.
  • Rural areas: 73.5%.
  • Male Literacy Rate: 84.7%.
  • Female Literacy Rate: 70.3%.
  • The male literacy rate is higher than the female literacy rate among all states. 
  • Best Performers: (1) Kerala; (2) Delhi; (3) Uttarakhand; (4) Himachal Pradesh; (5) Assam.
  • Worst Performers: (1) Uttar Pradesh; (2)Telangana; (3) Bihar; (4) Rajasthan; (5) Andhra Pradesh 

Digital Literacy:

  • Those who possess computers: 23% of urban households and 4% of rural households.
  • Those who can operate a computer: Among persons of age 15-29 years, nearly 56% in urban areas and 24% in rural areas. 
  • Those who use the internet: nearly 25% in rural areas and 58% in urban areas in the same age-group 

Do you know? 

  • The report comes before the International Literacy Day which is celebrated on 8th September every year.
  • Literacy Day 2020: It will focus on the changes and challenges in learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • SDG 4: ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. 
  • As per UNESCO, India will achieve universal literacy by 2060.

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