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Kannur district to be presented with this year’s award for best district in education efforts

The State will observe September 8 to 14

as Adult Education Week

ALAPPUZHA: Education Minister M.A. Baby has called for a change in the way the Centre approached sanctioning of funds for Centrally-sponsored programmes, particularly the Literacy Mission.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Baby said the Centre, while sanctioning funds for programmes like the Literacy

Programme, should consider the progress made by States like Kerala and help them carry it forward. However, what the Centre does is to put Kerala on a par with other less-developed States and allot funds accordingly.The Minister pointed out that Central funds were only sufficient to carry out basic implementation of the programme, while the State requires funds to sustain the 100 per cent literacy and carry forward the achievement in continuing education and lifelong education.

“Decision makers in New Delhi should have a basic comprehension of what has happened in Kerala so far as allotting funds as concerned,” Mr. Baby said.

The Minister later announced that Kannur district would be presented with this year’s award for best district in education efforts while the award for best continuing education centre would be given to three centres Bandeduka (Kasaragod), Parashuvakkal (Thiruvananthapuram) and Peravur (Kannur) this year.

The State would observe September 8 to 14 as Adult Education Week. The proceedings would be inaugurated at Kollam.

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