The district administration is making every effort to achieve another feather in its cap on Sunday when it would make five lakh adult illiterates (above 15 years of age) write basic literacy test, organised by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) test under Sakshar Bharat programme. The district had recently bagged national-level award for implementing MNREGS effectively.

According to official figures, there are 7,39,542 illiterates in the district. Of them, 1.13 lakh people wrote the test conducted last year. About 86,000 people qualified in the basic literacy test. Out of five-lakh illiterates, about three-lakh are engaged under MNREGS, one-lakh SHG women, 89,000 people enrolled at the Sakshar Bharat programme centres and the remaining were either failed or abstained from test conducted as part of the programme last year.

The administration made elaborate arrangements at 3,800 examination centres in the district and appointed an equal number of invigilators. The examination will be held from 10am to 5pm. Those who pass the NIOS examination will be declared literate.

The Collector appointed five senior district officers, including him, to monitor the examination. The Collector would visit G. L. Puram, Kurupam, Jiyyammavalasa, Komarada, Garugubilli, Sitanagaram, and Parvathipuram mandals. Joint Collector P.A. Sobha would visit centres in Vepada, L. Kota, S. Kota, Kothavalasa, Jami, Vizianagaram, Denkada, Poosapatirega, and Bhgoapuram mandals. Additional Joint Collector M. Rama Rao to visit Bobbili, Balijipeta, Ramabhadrapuram, Makkuva, Salur, and Pachipenta mandals, Zilla Parishad CEO Kondaiah Sastry to visit centres in Nellimarla, Gurla, Garividi, Cheepurupalli, Therlam and Badangi and Deputy Director (Adult Education) M. Ammaji Rao to visit Gantyada, Bondapalli, Mentada, Gajapathinagaram, Dattirajeru, and Merakamudidam mandals and Parvathipuram.


  • Elaborate arrangements made at 3,800 examination centres in the district

  • Five senior district officers, including Collector, to monitor the examination