Various studies have shown that our forested and hilly regions, and, in general, areas where biodiversity as reflected in the variety of flora -- is high, are the places where poverty appears to be high. And these same areas are also the ones where educational performance seems to be poor. Therefore, it may
be surmised that, even disregarding poverty status, richness in biodiversity goes hand in hand with educational backwardness.
Which one of the following statements, if true, can be said to best provide supporting evidence for the
surmise mentioned in the passage?