New Delhi: India’s literacy rate has climbed above 90 per cent, marking the best performance in the developed world.
The country is now one of the top five countries in the OECD, ranking third after the United States and the UK, according to the latest World Bank report.
India has a total of 5.9 crore students enrolled in schools across the country, which is the third-highest number of students in the 28-member OECD, behind the United Kingdom and the United Nations.
India’s literacy has risen from 80.9 per cent in 2014 to 92.9 in 2015, the study said, citing a census data.
At the same time, the literacy rate of rural children has risen by 11 per cent since 2013, the report said.
“This marks a significant improvement from 2013-15, when the literacy percentage among rural children was 82.9%, according to a 2017 survey by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), which analysed data on literacy of children from the 2011 Census,” the report added.
According to the report, the country has a literacy rate among rural Indians of 96.9% in 2020, the highest in the West and the second-highest in the Asia-Pacific region.
The literacy rate is also higher among urban children in India, where it is 91.4 per cent.
While India’s urban population has grown by nearly 1.5 million over the last decade, the rural population has fallen by nearly 200,000.
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