Bihar: Class IX & X students to educate 1.2 cr illiterates

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Patna, Sept 26: Bihar Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has decided to wipe out the illiteracy from the state with help of 10.5 lakh class IX and X students to educate 1.2 crore adult illiterate people.

Meanwhile, the proposed plan will be taking up under a five-month literacy campaign 'Sakshar Bharat Yojana' to be launched from November 11, 2012 in 35 districts of Bihar to get cent percent adult literacy.

"Under the proposal, as many as 10.50 lakh class IX and X students will be co-opted as volunteers to teach basic reading and writing skills to the illiterate people in Bihar" said Principal Secretary (HRD) Anjani Kumar Singh.

"The fruits of the students labour in imparting basic education to their illiterate brothers will not go unrewarded as they stood to gain 10 marks in the social science subject in the matriculation examination" he said.

The HRD will launch the campaign all over the state to select the volunteers from the government high school and will provide basic training to improve their teaching skill to undertake the teaching responsibility. Each student will teach around 10-12 illiterate, he added.

The HRD has also plan to establish an administrative infrastructure for implementation and monitoring of the Sakshar Bharat Yojana in Bihar, where with maximum number of 250 trainers will undergo an intense training programme at the Directorate of Adult Education for Kendra resource person, he said.

The kendra resource persons will impart training to the panchayat level motivators at the public training centre which will be set soon at all panchayat in the state. A male or feamle motivator will be appointed to each panchayat to motivate adult illiterate to learn reading and writing skills with Rs 2000 as voluntary payment.

However, the kendra resource person should have basic knowledge of computer to enter the data base regarding the exact numbers of illiterate adults undergoing literary programme so as funds could be released for sustaining the literary campaign, Singh added.

Moreover, the Sakshar Bharat Yojana will also be monitored by central government for its proper implementation.

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