Jajarkot, March 11
Jajarkot has been declared a fully literate district amidst a programme yesterday.
Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet made the declaration at a programme organised on the premises of local Tribhuvan Higher Secondary School in the district headquarters Khalanga.
As per the information made public on the occasion, the district has 95.31 literate residents between 15 and 60 years of age against the mandatory criteria of 90 per literate population for the status.
With the district gaining a fully literate status, it has been ranked as the 24th fully literate district in the country, sixth in the mid-west region and second such district in Bheri zone.
On the occasion, Minister Basnet rued the country’s poor performance in the education sector and held both the students and teachers equally responsible for the same.
“As the students and teachers have failed to make the most of the state’s investment in the sector, the quality of education has failed to improve,” he argued, also stressing on the need to make examinations, including the School Leaving Certificate Exam, more scientific and fair.
Director of the Informal Education Programme Diwakar Dhungel, parliamentarian Rita Rawal and District Education Officer Lalit Bikram Singh also spoke on the occasion and praised the district’s achievement.
A version of this article appears in print on March 13, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.