February 2018 News

Female Literacy Rate Remains Poor

9 February 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Vikas Sharma

Jammu: Despite big claims by the government about bringing improvement in the overall literacy rate, female literacy rate continued to be poor in all 22 districts of the state as compared to males. The sorry state of affairs can be gauged from the fact that six districts of the state are having female literacy rate of just more than 40 per cent. According to data, of the total 22 districts, Ramban has the lowest literacy rate of 40.04 per cent. The male literacy rate is 71.97 per cent and the overall literacy rate is 54.27 per cent. Reasi is the other district of the Jammu division with female literacy rate of 47.55 per cent. However, the overall literacy rate is 58.15 per cent and male literacy rate is 69.93 per cent. The remaining four districts with poor female literacy rate belongs to the Kashmir division. Female literacy rate in Budgam is 46.60 per cent followed by Ganderbal (47.62 per cent), Kulgam (49.74 per cent) and Bandipora (46.24 per cent). However, the male and overall literacy rate in all these districts is comparatively better. A total of 10 districts of the state are having female literacy rate little over 50 per cent. These include Kupwara (54.79 per cent), Baramulla (55.01 per cent), Pulwama (53.81 per cent), Anantnag (54.15 per cent), Shopian (52.77 per cent), Kargil (58.05 per cent), Doda (50.34 per cent), Udhampur (58.22 per cent), Poonch (54.80 per cent) and Rajouri (57.20 per cent). Only three districts of the Jammu division namely Jammu, Samba and Kishtwar have female literacy rate of over 70 per cent while three districts -Srinagar, Leh and Kathua have literacy rate of over 60 per cent. The State Education Department had recently constituted a task force in school and higher education departments to address the issues of non-availability of infrastructure, improvement in results and the overall literacy rate.