652 persons pass the basic literacy exam in Kannur district

Letters were unfamiliar to Chandran, a tribal member of the Aralam panchayat, till recently. But on Sunday, he proudly received his ‘Aksharalaksham’ certificate — a testimony to basic literacy — at a function organised at the Science Park here by the District Literacy Mission and the district panchayat to mark the World Literacy Day.

Chandran is now getting ready for the Class 4 equivalency examinations to be conducted by the Mission. He is not alone in this feat. The Continuing Education Centre at Velimanam near Aralam panchayat alone has 11 people preparing for the equivalency exam. Two passed the recently concluded Class 7 equivalency test while four are currently appearing for the Class 10 equivalency exam being conducted from September 5 to 11. In the district, 716 persons took the basic literacy exam, of which 652 passed.

Inaugurating the programme, district panchayat president K.A. Sarala said that literacy was one’s right, a means of gaining personal and national empowerment.

P.P. Siraj, district co-ordinator, District Literacy Mission, presided. The ‘Aksharalaksham’ certificates were distributed by municipal chairperson Roshni Khalid. Vice chairman T.O. Mohanan gave prizes to preraks’ children who had done well in the SSLC examinations. The district had recorded a 91.39 per cent success in the Class 7 equivalency exam which concluded in August under the ‘Athulyam’ comprehensive continuing education scheme. As many as 488 people had appeared for the exam out of which 446 passed.