As many as 1,515 learners in the district under the Athulyam literacy programme targeting school dropouts will appear for the fourth grade equivalency examination on April 28.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Tuesday, district panchayat president K.A. Sarala said the examination would be held as ‘Pareekshotsavam' (examination festival). The learners would appear for the examination at 192 centres across the district. The learners included 1,203 women and 312 men. They also included 283 persons from the Scheduled Tribes and 86 from the Scheduled Castes.

She said the inaugural function would be followed by cultural programmes of the learners and the examination. The function would be held at the Samajvadi Colony in Edakkad panchayat.

The Athulyam programme was launched to educate primary school dropouts. The fourth grade equivalency is the first phase of the programme.

In Kozhikode

Staff Reporter in Kozhikode adds: Nearly 5,000 people will appear for the equivalency examination in the district. All arrangements have been made for the examination in Kunnumal, Vanimel, Perambra, Cherode, Chemancheri, Kodancheri, Kunnamangalam, Feroke, Thalakkulathur, Kakkodi and three wards in the Kozhikode Corporation.

There are 87 Athulyam centres and 48 other centres for the examination in the district. Volunteers of the literacy mission and people's representatives will monitor the examination, according to the district programme coordinator.

District panchayat president Kanathil Jameela will inaugurate the examination at a district-level function to be held at Government Ganapath High School, Feroke. Feroke panchayat president will preside over the function.