Mizoram bears the tag of one of the most literate states in the country. But in recent times, its literacy rate has dropped below Kerala and Tripura. And now, efforts could be seen to reclaim the top post.
Among the eight districts in Mizoram, Lawngtlai district has the lowest literacy rate at 68.88 percent. An association formed by government employees has started night schools for the locals. The association has over 100 members who contributed funds for setting up the school.
The night school was inaugurated by Block Development Officer (BDO) Daniel Sailo. He said that there is a huge number of locals in the area, but most of them are ‘ashamed’ to be identified as ‘illiterate’. Efforts are now being taken to enroll more students in the school.
A survey will be conducted in the entire Bungtlang South block to identity people from 30 villages who cannot read and write, and provide them with education facilities, added Sailo. With the State Education Department backing the initiative, Sailo hopes the night school will motivate other districts in Mizoram as well, and give a major boost to the literacy rate.
The number of female students is said to be higher, and classes are held four nights a week. The association has provided all students with notebooks, pencils and erasers.
The night school in Bungtlang South has three voluntary teachers who will receive an incentive of Rs 300 for every student who learns to read and write. The students will also receive an incentive, once the students complete schooling.