"State is apace towards achieving the goal of 100 per cent literacy. The literacy rate here has increased from 55.5 percent in 2001 to 68.74 in 2011," Sayeed said at a function in Higher Secondary School in the city.
The female literacy rate has increased from 43 per cent to 58.1 per cent, he said, adding, male literacy rate has increased from 66.6 per cent to 78.26 per cent showing an average increase of 11 per cent.
He said female literacy rate in Poonch and Kishtwar districts has also increased.
We should prepare our children to a level where they can compete in national and international level exams, he said, adding, grade system will soon be introduced in the state as a reformative measure in the school level examination system.
He said that the UPA government headed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has assured the state of providing liberal funding so that the various projects for the promotion of the education sector will be completed in a stipulated timeframe.