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Literacy rate in India: Bihar lowest at 61.8%, Kerala highest at 94%

According to the data shared by the Ministry of Education, Bihar (61.8 %) has the lowest literacy, followed by Arunachal Pradesh (65.3 %) and Rajasthan (66.1 %). Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India at 94%, followed by Lakshadweep at 91.85% and Mizoram at 91.33%.

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Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have worst literacy rates, school outcomes

What is the literacy rate in Rural & Urban India:

The literacy rate in rural India is 67.77 per cent as compared to 84.11 per cent in urban India.

About The Adult Literacy Rate: The Samagra Shiksha Scheme:

  • To improve adult literacy rates, a centrally sponsored scheme called Saakshar Bharat was implemented in rural areas of 404 districts in 26 states and one union territory, which had a female literacy rate of 50% or below according to Census 2001.
  • The scheme aimed to raise the overall literacy rate of the country to 80% and reduce the gender gap to 10% points by the end of the XII five year plan. The programme was prolonged to March 31, 2018.
  • The Samagra Shiksha Scheme aims to provide universal access and retention in education, bridging gender and social category gaps, and enhancing learning levels from pre-school to senior secondary levels.
  • The central government assists states and union territories in implementing the Samagra Shiksha Scheme as a program.

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