LITERACY: KEY TO DEVELOPMENT: Essay

English_Master May 23, 2016 No Comments
LITERACY: KEY TO DEVELOPMENT “Education is regarded as the most crucial investment in human development. It significantly contributes to make improvement in health, hygiene, demographic profile, productivity and practically all that has a bearing on the quality of life”. Our awareness notwithstanding, our ranking in the annual HRD (Human Resource Development) report (educational status is an integral part of this report) issued by the UNDP is somewhere nears the rock bottom. This is indeed not surprising for our country, which has the largest number of illiterates in the world and a mind boggling290 million adult illiterates. The inevitable question arises up how is that, even after 60 years of independence, we are still far away from the goal of universal literacy? Why have we come to such a sorry pass? The reasons are not far to seek. India has been investing much less than many other Asian countries in terms of educational expenditure. As a nation, not only do we spend too little on education, the efficiency of resource utilization has also been very poor. Improper planning and poor implementation have dogged our educational system. Without mincing words, we can say that we lack the political will to take the right step to secure total literacy. Anyone aged seven...
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