West Bengal tops among large states in ‘Foundational Literacy and Numeracy’

KOLKATA: West Bengal has been awarded the best among the large states in the sector of primary education by the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM).The state received the honor just one day after UNESCO placed the state's Durga Puja to its 'Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,' a first for Asia.

According to an official release, West Bengal topped the chart in the 'Index on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy,' while Bihar ranked last in the 'big states' category in the 'Index on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy,' a measure of literacy among children under the age of ten. Kerala came out on top in the'small states' category, while Jharkhand was named the worst performer in the ranking.

Mamata Banerjee congratulated the state's parents and teachers on Twitter, writing: " Great news for West Bengal”! On the Foundational Literacy & Numeracy Index, we came in first among larger states. For this remarkable performance, I applaud all teachers, guardians, and personnel of our Education Department!" The regions were grouped into four categories: large states, small states, the Northeast, and the Union Territories. The 'Institute for Competitiveness' produced a report on the 'Index on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy.'

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