According to UNESCO, 250
million adults in India are illiterate – this is by far the
world's largest population of illiterates. While literacy rates have grown from
to 74% between the 2001 and
2011 Censuses, the rate of improvement is disappointingly slow. This lack of
has major negative
consequences economically, politically and socially.
India has achieved near universal primary school enrolment rates. However, schools
often failing to make
their students literate. The Annual Status of Education
Report (2022) indicates that over half of
Grade 5 students can't read a Grade 2 text in their mother tongue, and a
proportion can't do a 2-digit
subtraction problem. The fact that so many students are failing to learn the basics
school indicates the deep
failings of our education system, showing the need for radical reform.
Learn about the impact ALfA is making in Indian government schools.