The Kerala state cabinet has given its nod for setting up of higher secondary schools in panchayats that lacked the presence of such schools at present. By this a total of 148 panchayats in the state would soon get their first government higher secondary schools.
Corporate management educational institutions and private schools would be considered if only government schools were not in a position to run higher secondary courses.
The provincial chief minister Oommen Chandy said that the main objective behind this is to provide opportunity to pursue higher studies to all students who have passed SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) examination.
At 93.91% literacy, Kerala is the most literate state in India. More than 94% of its rural population has access to primary school within one kilometer.