Gangtok, 10 Apr:
Sikkim will be declaredthe third State of the country, after Tripura and Kerala, to have achieved 100% literacy later next week at a regional workshop which is expected to be chaired by the Union Minister of for Human Resource Development.
Sikkim is will be hosting the regional workshop on development and prospects of Human Resource Development on 17 and 18 April here in Gangtok. During the two-day workshop, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling is expected to declare the 100% literacy achieved by Sikkim.
It is informed that leaving aside children aged below 6 years of age (who are not counted in literacy enumeration), the rest of the population here achieved literacy as per the last count in end-February 2018.
Officials add that the education system in Sikkim is being revamped in line with the Total Literacy Mission which has been vigorously implemented across the state and involves every section of the society.
Total Literacy Mission as a ‘People’s Mission’ was initiated in 2011-12 and have involved panchayats and elected representatives of the respective constituencies to achieve the target.
Services of pre-Primary and Primary teachers were engaged extensively establishing one Adult Education Centre in every Gram Panchayat Ward to reach literacy to the unlettered adult members of the villages who missed school education for various reasons.
Representatives and ministers from all the northeastern states are expected attend the two-day workshop next week.
As per Census 2011, after Kerala which records 93.91% literacy rate, Lakshadweep recorded 92.28% followed by Mizoram at 91.58% and Tripura with 87.75%. Sikkim was placed in the 13th position with a literacy rate of 82.20% [Male Literacy rate of 87.29% and female literacy rate of 76.43%] during that Census.
By 2015, Tripura had topped the list surpassing Kerala with 94.65 per cent literacy. Now, it is Sikkim’s turn, it appears.