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Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Kerala has become the first Indian state to achieve 100 percent primary education. This achievement is as a result of many programs being launched by the Kerala government especially the Athulyam scheme which was launched in 2010.
The primary education equivalency drive of the state literacy mission-Athulyam was carried out in two phases. In first phase, an extensive survey was carried out in 140 panchayats to identify people who has not completed their primary education. In the second phase more extensive survey was carried out and around 205913 people were identified between the age group 15 and 50 years. These people were convinced to study again and were given classes. More than 80% of them were women.
The exam titled “Athulyam Aksharolsavam” was conducted on June 7th 2015 at 6623 centers across the state. Around 150 prison mates registered for this and appeared for the exam. Those who scored 30 out of 75 in English and 20 out of 50 in other subjects were declared pass.