Goa's feat

GOA HAS beaten the 100 per cent literate Kerala to record the lowest number of children out of school in villages. Only 0.3 per cent of all children in the tiny coastal State do not go to school compared to 1.6 per cent of Kerala's, says a new national survey. Karnataka comes third with 1.9 per cent followed by Uttaranchal (2 per cent), Tamil Nadu (2.7 per cent) and Maharashtra (2.8) in the Annual Status of Education Report for villages released by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Of the 18 States covered by the report, the result of an independent survey by non-Governmental organisations, Gujarat was placed seventh with 3.6 per cent.

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