100% literacy rate

//100% literacy rate

100% literacy rate

I don’t know how many times in a day I encounter the phrase about “Kerala’s 100% literacy rate” – Malayalis on Facebook, Twitter and blogs constantly throw this around, especially when the topic is on how ‘uneducated’ we are or how ‘unbecoming’ our actions are.

As far as I understand,
Kerala achieved 100% literacy in 1991 – that was a long time ago. The numbers slipped over the years, the people forgot what they learned because they never used it since, new generations did not (or were unable to) show interest in learning, and many children continue to drop out of schools or fail to make their appearance at all.
But, yes, Kerala still holds the highest literacy rate in India (94.59%).

By |2018-12-10T11:19:33+00:00August 11th, 2011|As I see it|5 Comments

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  1. Sunil Padiyar August 11, 2011 at 7:46 am - Reply

    hmmm.. interesting fact.. I don't how they actually caluclate that… will search somewhere..

  2. SUB August 11, 2011 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    94.59% is still high…i donno if just being able to write your name counts as literacy…but that's still gr8…

  3. hakucomet August 12, 2011 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Kerala never achieved exactly 100%. It is only a figurative statement. At that time more than 90 was taken to be full literacy, Total literacy is a better term which captures the fact. Pls see this link


  4. Jean August 14, 2011 at 12:36 am - Reply

    @hakucomet: Thanks for sharing this informative link.

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