Staff Reporter

SALEM: The literacy rate in the Salem district has gone up to 65.72 per cent, Collector N. Mathivanan has said.

Participating at a training programme for the elected representatives of panchayats here recently, the Collector attributed the increase to the successful implementation of continuing education programmes, Arivoli Iyakkam and various other education programmes in the district. The literacy rate of the district, according to the 1991 census, was 47.59 per cent, he said and pointed out that the women literacy in the district had increased to 37.42 per cent in the last ten years.

The Collector said that the district administration was running over 500 continuing education centres in various parts.

All the centres were equipped with books and learning materials.

The activity-based learning method was introduced in the continuing education programmes for adult learners.

Concerted efforts were on in the district to educate people and improve their quality of life through several programmes. People should not depend on others to read and write. They should realise the importance of education and come forward to learn, he stressed.

The elected representatives could play a vital role in improving the literacy rate further. They should encourage the people to join the continuing education centres and improve their reading and writing ability, he said.

The Collector also released a training guide during the programme.