Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that he is saddened by the reports that reflect the predominance of rote memorization, lack of learning materials and inadequate attention to different dimensions of learning. The Vice President said that that there is urgent need for schools and colleges to review what is taught and how it is taught. He said that schools and colleges must get transformed into active, vibrant places of learning where students experience the joy of learning. The Vice President made these remarks after conferring the Nehru and Tagore Literacy Awards instituted by the Indian Adult Education Association.
The Vice President said that the country must move on from universal functional literacy to skill development and lifelong learning. He further said that learning is a continual process and we need to develop an efficient programme involving all the stakeholders to achieve the goal of building a learning society.
Talking about the large population who are illiterate, the Vice President said that it is indeed a glaring gap. He also stressed upon the need to remove gender gaps in literacy and education.
"one must recognize that there is a persisting gender gap of 16.3 percent and analyze the outcome of the literacy programmes implemented in this country such as Saakshar Bharat so that all the stakeholders can take-up the remaining task in the days to come in a sustainable way," he said.
He asked the government, the civil society, the private sector and the media to work together to create a literate society, a knowledge society & a learning society.