According to a recent survey of the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), Kerala ranks at top among the literate states in India.
However, the rural area of Bihar has showed the worst literacy rate. Here half of the people in the age group of 5-29 years never have gone to any educational institution in life.
The ‘Status of Education and Vocational Training in India, 2004-05’ said that India has 64 percent literacy rate during 2004-05.
Kerala has 83 percent literacy rate in its rural areas and 85 per cent literacy rate in its urban areas.
Bihar has ranked as the lowest literate among the rural areas of States with only 44 percent literacy rates.
On the other hand, the urban literacy rate was lowest in Rajasthan at 64 per cent.
At the same time, the attendance rate was 60 per cent (highest) in Haryana and 42 per cent (lowest) in Orissa.
Sixty-three per cent of the students were studying in government institutions. Almost seventeen per cent of students were taking education in private unaided institutions. Fourteen percent were attached to private aided institutes. Only six per cent of those students were attending the local institutions.
According to the survey, in the age group of 15-29 years, two per cent have received formal vocational training and eight per cent have received non-formal vocational training.
The survey says further that in 26 per cent of the rural households and eight per cent of the urban households not a single person is available in the age of 15 years and above who could read and write a simple message with understanding.
About 50 per cent of rural households and about 20 per cent of urban had no literate female members of age 15 years and above.