The National Literacy Mission will conduct a test for underprivileged people, especially children, who have not got an opportunity to join schools or study, on March 18. The test, to be conducted across the country, will be equivalent to Class 3 syllabus. Around 3,500 such people will take the test in Gurgaon alone.
Additional deputy commissioner VS Hooda and zila parishad chairperson Kavita Yadav said this while welcoming the Sakshar Bharat Yatra-2012 at the Tau Devilal Stadium here on Wednesday.
Quoting the figures of Census 2011, Hooda said with 84.4% literacy rate, Gurgaon was the most literate district in Haryana. The average literacy rate of the state is 76.6%. He hoped that Gurgaon would achieve 100% literacy rate in one year and help residents of adjoining Mewat district improve education.
State Literacy Mission Authority representative Rajender Kumar Arya said the yatra aimed to spread the message of the importance of education. He said those who crack Class 3 exam would subsequently be able to appear for Class 5, 8, 10 and 12 exams.
Some cultural programmes were also performed at the yatra, which focussed on the importance of being literate.