26 districts in Telangana have below-average literacy rates

G Naga Sridhar Hyderabad | Updated on March 15, 2018

Among the 31 districts of Telangana, 26 have literacy rates below the State average of 66.54 percent.

According to the ‘Telangana Socio-Economic Outlook 2018’ report released by the government on Thursday, Hyderabad tops in literacy rate with 83.2 per cent, while Jogulamba Gadwal district stands at the bottom with 49.9 per cent literacy.

The literacy levels in the districts of Hyderabad, Medchal-Malkajgiri, Warangal Urban, Ranga Reddy and Karimnagar are above the State average.

“The government is putting serious efforts in those 26 districts with low literacy rates to bring them on a par with other districts,” the report said.

Based on the 2011 Census, the literacy rates were mapped as per the newly reorganised 584 mandals in the State. Sixty-three mandals out of the 584 have higher literacy rates than the national average of 72.98 per cent. A total of 112 mandals have higher literacy rates than the State average.

About 72.45 lakh literates were added through schools from 2011-12 to 2017-18.

In 2016-17, 58.66 lakh children were enrolled into schools in the State. Out of them, 51 per cent were enrolled into private schools and the rest into government schools including those run by local bodies, privative-aided schools and central government schools.

Private schools currently cater to more than half the children in Telangana who join schools.

Published on March 15, 2018

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