This International Literacy Day, here are 5 things you must know about the literacy stats in India.

Every year, 8th September is celebrated as International Literacy Day. Each year it also has a theme, and for 2019 it is – Literacy and Multilingualism. As per UN.org, the theme was chose because, “despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, distributed unevenly across countries and populations. Embracing linguistic diversity in education and literacy development is central to addressing these literacy challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Here are some facts on the literacy rate in India according to the Educational Statistics report released by MHRD in 2018:

  1. The overall literacy rate in India is 69.1 percent.

2. In rural India, the literacy rate among males is 72.3 percent and females is 56.8 percent. The overall rate comes up to 64.7 percent.

3. In urban India, the literacy rate among males is 83.7 percent and females is 74.8 percent. The overall rate comes up to 79.5 percent.

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4. In rural India, the difference in literacy rate between the binary genders is 15.5 percent which is higher compared to the disparity amongst the urban counterparts which is calculated to be 8.9 percent.

5. According to a survey done by the National Sample Survey Office, a child not being interested in studies and financial constraints are at the top of the major reasons for drop-outs.