Absence of teachers keeps literacy rate low in Bihar

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Patna, Sep 8 (ANI): Even as the world's observing 'International Literacy Day' on Tuesday, Bihar continues to suffer from rampant illiteracy.

Despite the government's repeated efforts to improve standards of teaching, schools are grappling with a lack of teaching staff and creaking infrastructure.

"We want to increase the number of students in our school, but this is only possible if there are more teachers. We want accommodate 2000 students in the school but we are not able to give admission to the students who come here as there are no teachers and no place to sit," said Kamlesh Kumar, a teacher.

He added that their school has appealed to the authorities to take a notice of their condition.

The parents prefer keeping their kids at home. They feel that their kids are better at home playing.

"We don't send our kids to the school because there are no teachers and if there are no teachers what will our kids study in school. That is why the children go to school, play for sometime and come back as there is no one to look after them in the school. Hence, my kids don't go to the school and play on the streets," said Mohammad Sarfuddin, a slum dweller.

The eradication of illiteracy has been one of the major programmes of successive Indian governments since independence.

The National Literacy Mission, launched in 1988 by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's government, has greatly helped in increasing the rate of literacy in the country. Besides the universalisation of primary education, steps were taken to promote adult literacy. (ANI)

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