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Kerala Tops Literacy Rate Again!

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A report based on the National Statistical Office (NSO) survey on Monday stated that Kerala has appeared again as the most literate state in India with 96.2% literacy. On the other hand, Andhra Pradesh ranked lowest with 66.4%. The report on ‘Household Social Consumption: Education’ in India as part of the 75th round of National Sample Survey – from July 2017 to June 2018’ provides state-wise detail of literacy rate among the persons aged seven years and above.

The Best and the Worst Performers

After Kerala, the study ranked Delhi with a literacy rate of 88.7% followed by Uttarakhand with 87.6% and Assam with 85.9%. Similarly, the lowest included Rajasthan at 69.7%. It is followed by Bihar’s 70.9%, Telangana with 72.8%, UP with 73%, and Madhya Pradesh with 73.7%.

The overall Rating

The overall report according to the study of the country is 77.7%. The rural areas secured a literacy rate of 73.5% compared to 87.7% in urban. All India male literacy ranks higher at 84.7% compared to that of 70.3% in female. The survey reflected higher male literacy rate in every state.

Still a long way to female literacy

Female Literacy
Pic Credit: Pixabay, Female literacy.

The male literacy rate in the highest-ranking state is 97.4% and the female literacy rate is 95.2%. Same is the case in Delhi. The male literacy stands at 93.7% which is higher than 82.4% among females. The gap in male and female literacy rates is also visible in the worst-performing states. Andhra Pradesh has a male literacy rate of 73.4% . The percent is much higher than the female literacy rate with 59.5% (of the age of seven years or above). For the report, 64,519 rural households from 8,097 villages and 49,238 urban households from 6,188 blocks were surveyed all over India.

The technical Knowledge

The report also revealed that nearly 4% of rural households and 23% of urban households possessed computers. A person between 15-29 years nearly 24% in rural areas, and 56% in urban areas were able to operate a computer.

Nearly 35% of people between 15-29 years of age reported the use of internet during 30 days before the date of the survey. The proportions were nearly 25% in rural areas and 58% in urban areas.

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