THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a historic achievement, a complete of 1,08,057 illiterate folks, majority of them belonging to the marginalised sections, have been initiated into the world of letters within the final 4 years in Kerala, in response to authorities figures.

It was additionally a interval (2016-2020) that noticed most variety of tribal folks reaching literacy within the final 30 years within the southern state, it mentioned.

In addition to tribals, numerous fisherfolk folks and migrant employees who got here to Kerala from different states searching for jobs had been additionally amongst those that both achieved literacy or pursued their discontinued research by equivalency programs, officers sources mentioned.

The uncommon feat was achieved by numerous programmes applied by the Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority (KSLMA), an autonomous establishment underneath the Common Training Division, Authorities of Kerala.

In addition to those that learnt their first letters by the KSLMA programmes, a complete of 1,35,608 folks together with girls have cleared its numerous equivalency programmes- 24,148 college students (fourth customary), 21, 950 (seventh customary), 64,663 (10th), 24,847 (plus two), as per the figures launched by the Authority.

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

“After the a lot touted complete literacy programme throughout 1990s, Kerala had given extra prominence to major schooling than the eradication of illiteracy within the later a long time. After so a few years, it was over the past 4 years underneath the current authorities that complete literacy marketing campaign was given due significance,” a KSLMA official advised PTI.

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

KSLMA director P S Sreekala mentioned the achievement within the literacy and schooling sector was the results of particular drives applied by the company specializing in the marginalised areas together with tribal colonies and fishing hamlets.

Itemizing out numerous initiatives by the Literacy Mission, she mentioned 12,968 folks grew to become literate by the particular tribal literacy drive applied in Wayanad and Attappady in Palakkad district, one of many largest and most backward tribal settlements within the southern state.

A complete of 11,941 folks achieved literacy by the “Aksharasagaram” venture, a literacy-cum-equivalency venture applied in coastal areas of the state, she mentioned.

“Changathi” drive helped over 5,400 migrant employees to be taught Malayalam whereas 3188 folks turned literate by the “Navachethana”, an initiative envisaged to eradicate illiteracy in scheduled caste (SC) colonies,the official added.


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