Kerala has become the first state of India to achieve 100 per cent primary education. Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Vice-President of India, has officially declared the 100 per cent primary education status achieved by the state.
PK Abdu Rabb, Education Minister of Kerala, said, “Kerala has become the first state in the country to achieve 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.”
In the second phase of this programme, the students who have not received primary education or who failed to get primary education due to several reasons will be recognised and these students will be provided classes to achieve the education. Those aged between 15 and 50 years were beneficiaries of the programme and were identified through family registries prepared by anganwadis under the social justice department.
The state’s ranking as the most literate in the country indicates the significance of education in Kerala. The government, private trusts, or individuals mostly administer the schools and colleges. Each of the school is associated with either the Indian Certificate of secondary Education (ICSE), the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE), Kerala State Education Board or the (NIOS).