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Beyond Literacy

Beyond Literacy THE concept of learning differs from one section of our people to another. In the last week of March in Delhi, secondary school students went on a rampage during the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) examination, indulging in mass-copying, smuggling out of question papers and smuggling in of answers, often in connivance with their parents and teachers, watched with amused unconcern by the invigilators and the police. At about the same time, in the villages of West Bengal some thousands of agricultural workers, tribal labourers and poor women were busy attending night classes at the end of a hard day's labour, laboriously learning to read and write the alphabet. The Delhi students, mainly from well-to-do middle class families, who had long ago passed the initial stage of learning the three R's, were primarily interested in passing the examination by hook or by crook to climb the ladder of success, for which purpose their ability to read and write stood them in good stead in the game of mass-copying. The West Bengal rural poor, who are being initiated into literacy-under the NLM (National Literacy Mission) hope to gain other things from literacy

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