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Kerala Achieves 100 Percent Primary Education

Kerala’s equivalency programmes proved successful to make sure it receives a 100 percent primary literacy rate.

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A representational image of students in a primary grade. (Photo: Reuters)

On Wednesday, January 13, Vice President Hamid Ansari will declare that Kerala has achieved a 100 percent rate on primary education, marking a milestone for the country. 

Kerala has become the first state in the country to achieve total primary education. This has been achieved through the primary education equivalency drive of the state literacy mission — Athulyam. The equivalency programmes have proved a huge success and the ultimate objective is to achieve total Plus-Two education in the state.

Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb, to The Times of India

The Times of India reported that as part of the government’s Mission 676, Athulyam’s second phase was carried out across the state, to mark the mission’s third anniversary.

Those who could not receive primary education for various reasons, were given a chance to achieve the education qualification equivalent to standard four.

Of the 2.6 lakh candidates who appeared for the 4th standard equivalency examination in June 2015, 2.2 lakh qualified.

Anganwadis under the social justice department and ward-level surveys carried out by instructors in continuing education programmes identified beneficiaries of the programme. They ranged between the ages of 15 and 50.

Students appearing for exams. Image used for representation. (Photo: PTI)
Students appearing for exams. Image used for representation. (Photo: PTI)

The equivalency examinations were conducted at 6,613 centres across the state. Those who scored 30/75 in English and 20/50 in other subjects were declared winners.

The declaration of the cent percent primary education rate will be made by Ansari at a function in Kerala University Senate Hall.

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