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Over one lakh people achieve literacy in Kerala in four years – Times of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a historic achievement, a complete of 1,08,057 illiterate people, majority of them belonging to the marginalised sections, have been initiated into the world of letters in the final four years in Kerala, based on authorities figures.

It was additionally a interval (2016-2020) that noticed most quantity of tribal people reaching literacy in the final 30 years in the southern state, it stated.

Besides tribals, a big quantity of fisherfolk people and migrant staff who got here to Kerala from different states in search of jobs have been additionally amongst those that both achieved literacy or pursued their discontinued research by way of equivalency programs, officers sources stated.

The uncommon feat was achieved by way of numerous programmes carried out by the Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA), an autonomous establishment underneath the General Education Department, Government of Kerala.

Besides those that learnt their first letters by way of the KSLMA programmes, a complete of 1,35,608 people together with ladies have cleared its numerous equivalency programmes- 24,148 college students (fourth commonplace), 21, 950 (seventh commonplace), 64,663 (tenth), 24,847 (plus two), as per the figures launched by the Authority.

Official sources stated the figures assumed significance as only4,600 people had achieved literacy by way of state authorities programmes in the course of the interval 2011-2015, in the course of the tenure of the earlier UDF authorities.

“After the much touted total literacy programme during 1990s, Kerala had given more prominence to primary education than the eradication of illiteracy in the later decades. After so many years, it was during the last four years under the present government that total literacy campaign was given due importance,” a KSLMA official informed PTI.

As per the state Planning Board figures 2011, there are 18 lakh illiterate people in Kerala, he stated.

KSLMA director P S Sreekala stated the achievement in the literacy and training sector was the end result of particular drives carried out by the company specializing in the marginalised areas together with tribal colonies and fishing hamlets.

Listing out numerous initiatives by the Literacy Mission, she stated 12,968 people turned literate by way of the particular tribal literacy drive carried out in Wayanad and Attappady in Palakkad district, one of the most important and most backward tribal settlements in the southern state.

A complete of 11,941 people achieved literacy by way of the “Aksharasagaram” undertaking, a literacy-cum-equivalency undertaking carried out in coastal areas of the state, she stated.

“Changathi” drive helped over 5,400 migrant staff to study Malayalam whereas 3188 people turned literate by way of the “Navachethana”, an initiative envisaged to eradicate illiteracy in scheduled caste (SC) colonies,the official added.

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