Literacy rate over 65% in J&K: Minister

Jammu: Literacy rate in Jammu and Kashmir has increased up to 65.67 per cent, a minister said here on Friday.

The literacy rate in the state in 2001 was only 55 per cent. A latest survey has indicated that it has increased up to 65.67 per cent, Education minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed told the state assembly.

The number of school dropouts has also reduced from 3.67 lakh to 0.39 lakh due to opening and upgrade of primary schools, establishment of education guarantee scheme (EGS) centres and organising seasonal camps.

The Minister said development of academic and physical infrastructure was the need of the hour as progress in any field depends on the literacy and education standards.

To meet the shortage of teaching staff, about 6,000 teachers have been selected by Service Selection Board (SSB) and 54,497 Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers engaged in newly opened and upgraded schools.

He said 4,242 primary and 616 middle-school buildings have been constructed and 4,585 additional class rooms and 330 computer learning centres established.

For girl child education, Sayeed said 78 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) have been made operational, while construction of 60 of them is in progress.

He said under mid-day meal scheme, 8.51 lakh and 3.14 lakh children have been covered at primary and upper-primary level, respectively, during the current fiscal.

Girl hostels and model schools are being established in educationally backward areas and scholarships for 4,206 SC and ST and KGBV passed out girls at the rate of Rs 3,000 per child sanctioned by the Centre have been credited to their accounts.

Also, 145 out of 300 mobile schools for Gujjars and Bakerwals which were earlier closed due to militancy are being re-started, Sayeed said.

About 20 members took part in the debate on the demand after which grants amounting to Rs 262039.08 lakh were passed by the House.