Govt faces big task to get total literacy

Published on 17 February 2009

The government faces a great challenge in realising its election pledge of total literacy in the country by 2014 because of the heavy dropout of children from primary schools and acute shortage of teachers. [...] The government is able to supply new textbooks to only 60 per cent of the primary schools. Besides, the School Tiffin Programme, with support from the World Food Programme (WFP), covers only one per cent of total primary school students in the country. Experts say that the government will have to improve these situations if they are to make a headway towards their targets.

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