One has a skill of solving equations. The other of knowing planting times and harvesting patterns. I would consider the latter more relevent in our country. I agree that a functional and fluent literacy is important.
And the 'educated' Indian goes around trying to make the potter and weaver more 'schooled'. The weaver and farmer in their goodness and humility do not go about making the farming-illiterates (us !) go to farming schools (with a RTE). We feel they are inferior, and they also feel they are inferior.
This is a tragedy of monstrous proportions.