Literacy test: 2,553 tribespeople qualify

Over 2,500 tribals of the Attappady region, one of the most backward settlements of Kerala, have passed the literacy examination conducted by the State government with an aim to bring the marginalised to the forefront of society.

As many as 1,975 women were among the 2,553 people who passed the literacy-cum-equivalency exam of the Kerala State Literacy Mission (KSLM) there, official sources said.

Eighty-eight-year-old Pappa was the oldest among the 2,624 neo-literates who had taken up the test held at three village panchayats in Attappady in northern Palakkad district recently.

The Kerala State Literacy Mission had recently rolled out three literacy-cum-equivalency programmes in tribal belts across the State, especially in the Wayanad and Attappady regions, with focus not just on literacy but also on social security of the inhabitants.

The 100-mark exam had three parts — reading, writing and mathematics. The minimum pass mark was 30. The new textbooks, based on which the exam was conducted, had lessons on forest and environment conservation, sanitation and issues related to the lifestyle of tribals. As many as 1,117 people had already passed the literacy examination in Attappady in the initial phase of the drive.

Literacy Mission Director P.S. Sreekala said the literacy drive was being carried out with the support of specially recruited instructors.

“Of the 275 instructors deployed to implement the programme, 218 are tribespeople. Most of them are women. The participation of tribals as instructors is one of the reasons for the success of this special drive,” she said.

Attappady, home to 32,956 tribals, is one of the largest and the most backward regions of the State.

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