Indian metros need to beat low literacy

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More than half the number of people living in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, do not even finish schooling. Coupled with illiteracy rates ranging from 22-30%, this effectively leaves a very small portion of the population in these cities that can be considered educated.

A study of the top eight cities in terms of population shows that while Mumbai has the highest percentage of literate population which does not finish school, the capital also has one of the highest percentage of illiterates in the country (30%). Chennai fares slightly better, both in terms of a lower percentage of illiteracy (23%) and a lower percentage of literate population who don't finish school (46%). While the situation changes dramatically for Delhi at the graduation level (16% of literates are graduates), Mumbai continues to paint a drab picture with the lowest percentage of graduates in the total literate population(10%). Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, not only have a lower percentage of school drop-outs, but also have a higher percentage of post-graduates. Recent census data shows that Bangalore, which has 4.2% of its literate population having a PG degree, fares better than Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, where the figure is only 1-2%. Chennai fares slightly better with 3.4% of the literate population reaching up to the post graduate level.

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Demographers say that while some of the findings of the data can be attributed to the large migrant population in the two metros, a poor education system in the two cities cannot be discounted. The trend confirms logic

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