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“Delhi ranks 2nd best in the country in literacy rate. Congrats #TeamEducation Delhi. We will keep striving to reach 100%. Reducing stress should be the highest priority. A suicide every hour is unacceptable! Initiatives like @HappinessDelhi are needed for the hour & must be adopted widely,” Sisodia said in a tweet, which was retweeted by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

According to a July 2017 to June 2018 study by the National Statistical Office, the male literacy rate (84.7%) is higher than females (70.3%) in India.

After Kerala, Delhi has the best literacy rate at 88.7 per cent, followed by Uttarakhand’s 87.6 per cent, Himachal Pradesh’s 86.6 percent and Assam’s at 85.9 per cent.

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Rajasthan is the second worst performer with the rate of 69.7 per cent. Bihar has a literacy rate of 70.9 per cent, Telangana 72.8 per cent, Uttar Pradesh 73 per cent and Madhya Pradesh 73.7 per cent.

The study has pegged the overall literacy rate in the country at 77.7 percent. In rural areas, this rate is 73.5 per cent compared to 87.7 per cent in urban areas.

National Statistical Office July 2017 to July 2018 | TOI

The survey showed that the male literacy rate is higher than that of females among all states. Similarly, the male literacy rate in Delhi stood 93.7 per cent higher than 82.4 percent among females.

This news comes on the occasion of World Literacy Day. According to UNESCO, the literacy rate in Balochistan stands at 44%. In many rural areas there are barely any primary schools and almost 75 percent of children are out of school. 

This year International Literacy Day 2020 focuses on “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond,” especially on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. The theme highlights literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore, mainly focuses on youth and adults.

(With inputs from Hindustan times, TOI and others)

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