After three years of declaring the fully literate district, around eight per cent population in Panchthar district is found illiterate.
A recent survey by the District Education Office (DEO) found that as many as 14,323 persons are illiterate in the district that has a total population of around 192,000.
Stakeholders have commented that around Rs 10 million that was spent in the campaign to declare the district fully literate did not produce any fruit.
The report published three years ago had claimed that all persons in the district are literate except around 4,000 who were above 60 years of age. “But, 14,323 persons were found illiterate from the age of 15 to 59 in a DEO survey conducted in January,” District Education Officer Gyanmani Nepal said.
The DEO had collected data from all parts of the district mobilising resource persons at 18 resource centres.
Meanwhile, Chief District Officer Pradeep Raj Kandel said the concerned authorities need to investigate into the case and take actions against those who misused the government budget and produced fake reports.
Speaking at an interaction organised by Panchthar chapter of the Federation of Nepali Journalists on Friday, Kandel said officials are misappropriating state funds in the name of monitoring.
2nd announcement on the cards
After it is revealed that the declaration of full literacy did not correspond to the real situation, the DEO is planning to declare the district fully literate for the second time.
The Office has set a new deadline of May 29 to make everyone in the district literate.
Volunteers for the literacy campaign have already been mobilised.