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100% primary education has been achieved by Kerala which is the first in the country to do so. The Vice-President, Mohammad Hamid Ansari officially declared that Kerala has achieved 100 percent primary education status.
The education minister of Kerala P K Abdu Rabb 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.”
Recognition of the students who have not received primary education or who failed to get primary education due to several reasons would be done in the second phase and these students would be provided classes to achieve the education. People who were aged between 15 to 50 years were the beneficiaries of the programme and these were identified with the help of the family registries prepared by the anganwadis under the social justice department.
Further according to a report around 2.6 lakh candidates appeared for the fourth standard equivalency examination in June 2015 out of which 2.2 lakh candidates passed. Those who scored 30/75 in English and 20/50 in other subjects were declared winners in the equivalency exam that was conducted in 6,613 centres across the state.
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).