Literacy rate in Banke remains bleak

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Banke

Jan 4, 2019-

Contrary to promising figures in Banke’s annual report, suggesting a gradual progress in its literacy rate, more than 80,000 people are still illiterate in the district.

Not only is illiteracy the issue of rural areas but it is also prevalent in urban areas in Nepalgunj sub metropolis, one of the major cities in the district.

A noticeable portion of the population in Wards 1 and 24 of the sub-metropolis, which have already been declared ‘literate zones’, cannot read and write.  

According to a local Yam Shrestha, the number of illiterates can be counted in many at the then Naubasta Village Development Committee (now a part of sub-metropolis). Likewise, in the Narainapur rural municipality adjoining to the sub metropolis, around 12,000 people are illiterate.

These examples suggest the progress regarding the literacy campaign is limited only in papers. According to the government statistics, 50,469 women and 34,615 men are still unable to read and write in the district which is home to 504,548 people. It means the number of illiterates are still in their thousands.

Although the then District Education Office and the existing Education Development and Co-ordination Unit have no official data on the literacy, the case of Narainapur provides a ground to calculate the situation of other areas. The then assistant district education officer in Banke Gorkha Bahadur Thapa said they lacked an authentic data about the status of illiteracy in the district.

A survey is being conducted on the rural municipalities to find the fact, Thapa said.

The National Planning Commission report shows 56 percent literacy rate in the district, which means 44 percent of the population in the district still use thumb impressions for official and legal affairs.

Published: 04-01-2019 08:09

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