Kerala, also known as ‘God’s own country’ becomes the first Indian state to achieve the milestone of 100 percent primary education. Vice-President Dr. Hamid Ansari will officially declare that the state has achieved 100 percent primary education landmark on 13th January at a function to be held at the state capital. Kerala, the state with the highest literacy rate in India, has achieved with golden landmark through the primary education equivalency drive of the state literacy mission, named ‘Athulyam’.

“The equivalency programmes have proved a huge success and the ultimate objective is to achieve total Plus-Two education in the state,” said Kerala state education minister P. K. Abdu Rabb. ‘Athulyam’ offered a chance to those people who have failed to get elementary education, to attain an educational qualification equivalent to fourth standard.

In June 2015, around 2.6 lakh candidates appeared for the 4th standard equivalency examination and 2.2 lakh among them qualified. The equivalency examination was held in 6,613 centres across Kerala. Anganawadis played an important role in identifying the beneficiaries of the ‘Athulyam’ program.

Even though it is good to hear that we have made such a great victory in primary education, care should be given more to improving the standards of the current educational facilities. Following up ‘Athulyam’, new projects should be implemented that evaluates both teaching efficiency and student satisfaction in an ongoing basis. Otherwise, these victories or achievements won’t be of any use in the future.